Singapore- a city of contrasts, a nation of ideas and innovation, and Asia's most exciting media capital. Welcome to Singapore, the global media city.
There is no other place in the world that blends East and West, tradition and modernity, quite like Singapore. The cosmopolitan high life weaves seamlessly into the island's multiracial and multicultural tapestry. Old colonial buildings provide a peek into the past, while brilliantly fashioned skyscrapers point to a city-state that is constantly on fast-forward. Singapore shines with a "can-do" energy that is characteristic of a young, bold and dynamic nation. With the myriad of experiences and opportunities it offers, Singapore is the place to be.
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Singapore is fast becoming a strategic gateway and destination of choice for the international media community- and it is easy to understand why.
Singapore enjoys a great location in the heart of Southeast Asia that makes it an excellent entry point to the region. As a cultural melting pot, we are also a natural stepping stone to a richly-diverse Asia, and the bridge that connects media industry players from all around the world.
Our cosmopolitan media talent pool is one that communicates and connects readily with the world at large. At ease with the English language and armed with East-West sensibilities, our creative talents are producing content that appeals to different cultures and provides a unique perspective of Asian culture to an international audience. In filmmaking, for example, directors such as Jack Neo, Royston Tan and Eric Khoo are capturing the imaginations of audiences worldwide.
Singapore is, simply, a great place to do business. We have a highly-skilled workforce and a regulatory environment that is firmly pro-business. We enjoy a strong reputation as a global financial centre, with a top-rated banking system. We are strongly committed to the protection of intellectual properties. All of which make us an ideal location for your media business.
In fact, Singapore has also been rated the least risky country in Asia for filmmaking investment. In the latest 2007 Risks in Global Film-making Map by risk broker and insurance company Aon/Albert G Ruben, Singapore is ranked alongside countries such as Denmark, Canada and Switzerland as the countries with the least risk for filmmaking investment.
In the same survey, PERC also highly rated Singapore's strengths in the protection of intellectual property, as well as its physical infrastructure, as one of the best in the world, with its highly skilled and productive labour force and strong managerial talents.
Singapore's world-class infrastructure and state-of-the art facilities are well-known to the world.
It is also fast establishing itself as an international hub for media businesses - from financing, creating to the trading of media content and services. We have attracted many international big names in broadcasting, publishing, gaming, animation and IDM to set up base here.
To create an even more vibrant space for the media industry to grow, we are developing Mediapolis -a place dedicated for anyone and everyone who is in the media industry. It will house content creators, financiers, distributors and other industry players - in fact, the entire media ecosystem -creating a global media city. The Media Development Authority of Singapore will also be located at Fusionopolis, making it a convenient place to be for media enterprises.
one-north is located in Singapore's Buona Vista district and is envisioned as an icon of the knowledge economy where creative minds, whether scientists, technologists or venture capitalists, will come together to shape the future.
Facts & Figures
Island. City. State. For its small size, Singapore sure packs a lot. End to end, it stretches just a little more than 42km wide, a distance easily covered by a fit runner. And with a total land area of 697.1 sq km, Singapore counts as one of the smallest countries in the world. Yet, its location in the heart of Southeast Asia, between Malaysia and Indonesia, makes it an ideal gateway between the East and West.
C-O-N-V-E-N-I-E-N-T. That's how you spell "Singapore Infrastructure". The famous Changi Airport, constantly ranked by travellers as the best airport, is your first introduction to the efficiency that courses all through Singapore. On-island transportation is a breeze with a clean, affordable and well-connected public transport system, including its Mass Rapid Transit network. In terms of communications network, Singapore's top-of-the-line infrastructure links the nation to the rest of the world. Banking and currency exchange services are widely available, and international credit cards are accepted at most business establishments. Singapore boasts a world-class healthcare system that serves its people well and draws visitors from other parts of the globe too. Together, these systems form Singapore¡¯s solid foundation where its people and businesses can, and do, flourish.
Singapore has a free market economy, with a low inflation rate, stable prices, and a high per capital GDP, all thanks to its highly developed infrastructure, transparent legal system and educated workforce. The economy was traditionally driven by its strengths in electronics and manufacturing, oil refining and distribution, and shipbuilding and repair. Today, it is increasingly fuelled by its growing services sector.
Singapore's media sector covers broadcasting, film and video, publishing, music, online and mobile media, games and animation.. The sector contributed S$18.2 billion in revenue in 2005, employing more than 53,000 people and contributing some S$4.9 billion in value added.
As advancements in digital technology continue to shape the future of entertainment, Singapore has its eye on developing new media infrastructure and services. In the area of broadcasting, for example, we are moving towards an all-digital environment, by promoting IPTV and the adoption of HDTV nationwide. In 2007, Singapore was the first country in Southeast Asia to launch commercial HDTV services. Today, commercial HD television services are available on free-to-air, cable and IPTV platforms.
Singapore has also identified the interactive digital media sector as a key driver of growth, and has rolled out a S$500 million R&D programme, to push out innovative digital media services to meet the needs of an increasingly tech-savvy audience.
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Singapore is the manifestation of an "Urban Jungle". With lush flanking the highways and sidewalks, this tropical island has managed to preserve its genial environment and lush vegetation. While it can get rather humid at times, there's relief offered by monsoon breezes and showers. The good thing is: you can expect to enjoy sunshine almost the whole year round.
After centuries of regional migration, Singapore has become a cultural melting pot. The majority of its people are Chinese, which along with the Malays, Indians, Eurasians and other minorities, make up the plural society. With each group still holding strong to their unique customs and traditions while living under the banner of Singapore's contemporary standards, Singapore is the place to be if you are up for some cultural fondue.
The official language of business and administration in Singapore is English. The other official languages are Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil. Being a globally-minded population, it is common for Singaporeans to be conversant in other languages as well, like French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese Korean or Thai. Interpreter services are widely available through private language service providers and various international embassies in Singapore.
Singapore is a secular country, but acts as a home for Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Taoists and many other religious groups.