Despite having a surname that is closely tied to Indonesia's oil and gas industry, Mike Wiluan has made a mark for himself in an entirely different business: film-making.
The 39-year-old is the middle child of Indonesian magnate Kris Wiluan, chairman of conglomerate Citramas Group. While having a successful businessman as a father is a hard act to live up to, the younger Wiluan has established himself as an equally shrewd entrepreneur by transforming a small production house he acquired in 2004 with the help of his father and some partners into a multi-award-winning media company called Infinite Studios.
Asked why he ventured into the film industry, Wiluan Jr. told CNBC: "Film is what drives me [and] it started at a very young age when my dad was in the business of oil and gas based in Jakarta. One of the things that we'd do was to supply home videos to all the oil-riggers that were in the Java Sea. My brother and I grew up with these videos stacked around our house and we would watch three to four videos every day after school…I think that imbued a creative spirit in me."
The film studio, now widely known for its capabilities in post-production visual effects and animation, also owns two film production premises, in Indonesia's Batam as well as Singapore. While the former is touted as Southeast Asia's largest studio, the latter is a state-of-the-art sound-stage in Singapore's Mediapolis that has paved the way for two big-budget Hollywood films to be filmed in this part of the world.
Last year, sci-fi film "Equals" starring Twilight franchise star Kristen Stewart and action thriller "Agent 47" featuring Zachary Quinto, were filmed in the Singapore facility.
For putting the Southeast Asian city-state on the map as new location for international film production, Wiluan Jr was number three on a 2014 Power List, an annual list of Singapore's top players in the fields of arts, entertainment and lifestyle compiled by Singapore's daily newspaper The Straits Times.