WarnerMedia Sets Up Asia Hub In Singapore
SINGAPORE – Entertainment giant WarnerMedia has opened a 40,000 sq ft regional hub at Solaris within the Fusionopolis business park in Singapore on Friday, reported Campaign Asia on Sunday afternoon (26 September, SGT)
The workplace, spanning 2 levels, consolidates 6 offices in Asia – 2 in Hong Kong and 4 in Singapore. It also integrates the property footprint of the group’s multiple businesses, such as HBO, Turner and Warner Bros.
The new regional hub currently employs 300 people, but WarnerMedia plans to significantly hire more staff in Singapore in the next few years, including those in the sector of technology.
The looming hiring spree comes as the media giant increases its focus on its direct-to-consumer streaming business led by Amit Malhotra, who is the Managing Director for HBO Max for India, South Korea, and the ASEAN region. In fact, the streaming division’s Asia headquarters is located at the hub.
“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,” said Malhotra.
“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.”
However, WarnerMedia did not say if the office consolidation would lead to retrenchments in Asia Pacific.
Clement Schwebig, the Head of WarnerMedia in Southeast Asia, revealed that with their new Singapore hub, they have ambitious plans for the region. “Here in Singapore, we have long supported a sizable ecosystem for the entertainment, broadcast, production and licensing industries,” he added.
The opening of WarnerMedia’s new hub in Solaris was attended by Josephine Teo and Lew Chuen Hong. The former is Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, while the latter is the CEO of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore.