KUALA LUMPUR, 13 December 2017 – OLM, Inc. announced that it is incorporating OLM Asia Sdn Bhd as part of the company’s expansion plan, and Malaysia is chosen as its first establishment. OLM Asia will be the Head Company in Malaysia and is led by Hidehiko Kitajima as its President and Chief Executive Officer. This marks the opening of the first 2D Anime-style animation studio in Malaysia.
OLM Asia President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hidehiko Kitajima.
“Malaysia is the perfect starting location for OLM Asia because we believe that there are potential creative talent pools here waiting to be discovered. We have personally witnessed Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)’s efforts in promoting Malaysia’s creative content scene, as well as the growing presence of known global studios in Malaysia. Because of this, we are confident that this country is the best place for us to start,” said Kitajima after the announcement. Kitajima will be joined by a team of veteran experts in Anime production.
“We are happy that OLM Asia has chosen Malaysia as its first step to expand outside of Japan. Soon enough, we will be seeing local contributions in the ever-growing Anime industry. I am positive that this announcement will excite many Anime fans in Malaysia and that OLM Asia will be pleased to work with our local talent pool. We hope that in the near future, OLM Asia will grow exponentially and emerge as a hub for Asia Pacific’s Anime productions looking to expand their businesses,” Hasnul Hadi, Vice President, Creative Content and Technologies, MDEC said when OLM, Inc. expressed their intentions to establish OLM Asia earlier this year.
The Anime market in Japan is continuously growing and the number of Anime creations by OLM, Inc. increases with it every year. However, the human resource for Anime artists is rather limited in Japan. OLM Asia’s focus will be set on training and working with more digital painters and multitalented animation artists that the digital animation industry largely depends on. They aim to become a one-stop centre delivering excellent Anime production services while producing brilliant animation talents groomed to be ‘Key-Frame’, ‘Background’ as well as ‘Composite’ artists at the same time.
One of the contents that OLM produced is the world famous Pokemon series.
The latest move by OLM, Inc. is fully supported by MDEC and both parties are looking forward to establish the Anime industry in Malaysia. To kick off OLM Asia’s opening in Malaysia, the company will be participating in the annual Comic Fiesta 2017 set to take place in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 16 – 17 December 2017. Comic Fiesta is popular amongst fans of everything to do with manga and anime; gathering tens of thousands of participants ranging from comic artists, illustrators, cosplayers and fans of the culture each year. OLM Asia invites all to explore opportunities with them as well as partake in their Animation Workshop for a chance to experience first-hand the artistic development of Anime-style animation.
OLM Group is a leading 2D Anime, CG Animation and VFX studio. The creativity of our experienced artists, together with our technologists and top-of-the-line equipment, allows us to continually expand the frontiers of visual entertainment.
The Animated, CG, and live action feature films / TV Animation Shows created with our high-level techniques and well-organized production environment deliver wonders and excitement to our audiences.
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.), an agency incorporated 20 years ago under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, spearheads the development of Malaysia’s Digital Economy. Its mission is centred on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.
MDEC is also responsible for ensuring that Malaysia continues to develop digital innovation and nurture local information, communications and technology (ICT) talent, while attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in the country. To know more about MDEC’s efforts and initiatives in driving Digital economy, please visit www.mdec.my or follow us on:
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