WarnerMedia has opened a new regional hub for Asia (excluding China and Japan). It was officially inaugurated by Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information (MCI) Josephine Teo on 24 September.
“Our new flagship office is truly spectacular. More than just a new workspace, it brings together the most incredible parts of our diverse business – from Harry Potter’s Wizarding World to Looney Tunes, Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman – under one roof for the first time. Here in Singapore, we have long supported a sizable ecosystem for the entertainment, broadcast, production and licensing industries. From our new Singapore hub, we will continue with our ambitious plans for the region,” said WarnerMedia, India, Southeast Asia and Korea MD Clement Schwebig.
The new office is a sprawling 40,000 square feet across two floors at Solaris in Fusionopolis, the city state’s media and tech business park. The modern space was designed by Singapore firm ID21 and incorporates a post-Covid and flexible work environment inspired by an ‘Activity Based Work’ strategy.
WarnerMedia expects to substantially increase additional roles in Singapore in the coming years, including those in the technology field as the company increases focus on its direct-to-consumer streaming business led by HBO Max Southeast Asia, India and Korea MD Amit Malhotra.
“As we get ready to launch HBO Max in our first Asian markets, we’ll build on WarnerMedia’s legacy of incredible stories and introduce a brand-new streaming experience for our fans in the region. Our new office space in Singapore as a regional HQ will be the perfect backdrop for the innovative work to be done in the lead up to our launch,” said Malhotra.
On a tour of the office, minister Teo interacted with young Singaporean employees, who discussed their early experiences in the media industry. Chief executive of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) Lew Chuen Hong, who joined the minister, was also excited to know about the upcoming opportunities.
Singaporean filmmakers and storytellers Eric Khoo (HBO’s Folklore, Food Lore and Invisible Stories) and Ler Jiyuan (HBO’s Invisible Stories) were special guests during the opening ceremony.