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Is Singapore gearing up to be the next Hollywood?

New global industries such as the one in Singapore are rapidly growing – and could create a more competitive filmmaking landscape. Tom Brook investigates.

For years, Hollywood has been at the centre of the film industry. But new global markets are springing up that could offer it some competition.

Although Singapore is thousands of miles away from the commercial film world of Los Angeles, it’s developing an infrastructure that can offer a competitive array of production services – and the city state is building up a huge, impressive media hub − called Mediapolis.

And companies such as LucasFilm, founded by the US filmmaker, George Lucas, are taking Singapore’s well-educated local workforce and building it up with their own training programmes. As a result, they’re making contributions to big Hollywood films, such as Star Trek and Pacific Rim.

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