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Lucasfilm Moves to New Singapore Office as It Adds Workers

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An actor dressed as Star Wars character Darth Vader poses for the media inside Lucasfilm Ltd.'s newly opened Sandcrawler building in Singapore, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Close

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An actor dressed as Star Wars character Darth Vader poses for the media inside Lucasfilm Ltd.'s newly opened Sandcrawler building in Singapore, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Lucasfilm Ltd., the company founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, is moving its Singapore office into a new building owned by the filmmaker as it expects to increase its workforce by about 10 percent.

The company plans to add as many as 40 people in Singapore by the end of this year, David Anderman, general manager at Lucasfilm, said in an interview in the island-state today, where he was visiting for the opening of the new office.

Lucas, who sold his company to Walt Disney Co. (DIS) in 2012 for about $4 billion, has expanded the number of employees in the city-state to more than 360 from 26 in the past nine years, the company said. The Singapore unit, producer of digital animated content and visual effects, is currently working on films including “Transformers 4” and “Avengers 2.”

“It is very easy to attract additional talent to come here from anywhere on the globe,” Anderman said yesterday at a press briefing in Singapore. “It’s got a very supportive intellectual property regime.”

The new office is part of the 22,500-square-meter (242,190 square-foot) “Sandcrawler” building, named after a large vehicle featured in a Star Wars film because of its shape. The property, located in a southwest Singapore suburb, has a 100-seat theater and retail space, according to the statement.

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and filmmaker George Lucas, second left, unveil a statue of Star wars character Yoda during the opening ceremony of the newly opened Lucasfilm Ltd's Sandcrawler building in Singapore, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Close

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and filmmaker George Lucas, second left, unveil a statue of Star wars character Yoda during the opening ceremony of the newly opened Lucasfilm Ltd's Sandcrawler building in Singapore, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Tenants of the Sandcrawler building include Disney’s Southeast Asia operations and ESPN Asia Pacific, according to the statement.

Lucasfilm’s operations in the city-state helped produce movies such as “Pacific Rim,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Iron Man” films, according to the company.

To contact the reporter on this story: Klaus Wille in Singapore at kwille@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andreea Papuc at apapuc1@bloomberg.net

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