Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios Names Rezal A. Rahman CEO
Netflix period adventure series "Marco Polo" currently is shooting at the new studio, which benefits from Malaysia's 30 percent cash rebate on production spending.
Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios has appointed Rezal A. Rahman as CEO of Iskandar Malaysia Studios (IMS), the company established to oversee the development of the new Southeast Asian studio hub.
Australian industry veteran Michael Lake, who has served as CEO of IMS since late 2010, is handing over the reins to assume the position of group managing director at Rhizophora Ventures, a company established by the Malaysian government's investment group, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, to hold its creative content investments. Lake will stay on as a board member at IMS.
Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios is the largest film and TV production facility of its kind in Southeast Asia, equipped to handle tentpole-scale international productions. It boasts 100,000 square feet of film stages, 24,000 square feet of TV studios, offices, workshops, backlots and postproduction facilities. Netflix's period adventure series Marco Polo, produced by The Weinstein Co., is the facility's first major project. The show is now in production, with more than 1,000 extras reportedly being used for some scenes.
According to Pinewood, Rahman worked closely with Lake throughout the construction and stage setup of Pinewood Iskandar over the past three years. Lake was previously president of Warner Roadshow Studios in Australia.
Pinewood Iskandar is expected to get a big boost from the Malaysian government's 30 percent cash rebate for qualifying production and postproduction spending. The incentive is the most competitive in Southeast Asia.