Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL) is an American film production company founded by George Lucas in 1971, based in Marin County, California. Kathleen Kennedy is currently its president. It is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.
The company is best known for producing the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, but it has produced other box-office hits. It has also been a leader in developing new film technology in special effects, sound, and computer animation, and because of their expertise its subsidiaries often help produce non-Lucasfilm pictures.
Organization of the company[edit | edit source]
Lucasfilm was reorganized to consolidate all the companies to be under Lucasfilm. Today, Lucasfilm is made up of six divisions:
- Lucasfilm – film and television production and promotion
- Lucas Digital – company composed of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound. This company may not exist any longer since the Walt Disney Company reorganization.
- Industrial Light & Magic – digital and visual effects for the entertainment industry
- Skywalker Sound – post-production sound editing for the entertainment industry
- ILMxLAB – virtual reality, mixed reality, real-time cinema, theme-park entertainment and narrative-based entertainment for future platforms
- Lucasfilm Animation and Lucasfilm Animation Singapore – digital animation studio for film, television, and games
- LucasArts – developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company was eventually reorganized in a licensing model following the Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Lucasfilm.
- Lucas Licensing – licensing and merchandising for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and other Lucasfilm projects
- Lucas Online – online destination for entertainment, reference, education, and e-commerce for Lucasfilm projects
Former divisions[edit | edit source]
A few other companies started out under the Lucasfilm umbrella:
- Black Falcon – handled merchandising for Lucasfilm briefly before fully merging into Lucasfilm in December 1979
- Pixar – computer animation film-production company (sold to Steve Jobs in 1986)
- THX – theater sound system (spun off from Lucasfilm in 2002)
- Star Wars Corporation – started separately in 1973 and absorbed into Lucasfilm by 1980
Leadership[edit | edit source]
- George Lucas: Chairman
- Kathleen Kennedy: President and Chief Operating Officer
- Gail Currey: Vice President and General Manager, Lucasfilm Animation
- Chrissie England: President, Industrial Light & Magic
- Glenn Kiser: Vice President and General Manager, Skywalker Sound
- Howard Roffman: President, Lucas Licensing
- Jim Ward: President, LucasArts and Senior Vice President, Lucasfilm
History[edit | edit source]
In July 2005, Lucasfilm's marketing, online, and licensing units moved into the new Letterman Digital Arts Center located in the Presidio in San Francisco. It shares the complex with Industrial Light & Magic, and LucasArts.
In July 2012 Star Wars Insider 135 announced that Kathleen Kennedy, former President of the Producers Guild of America, will become Co-Chair of Lucasfilm Ltd., as George Lucas begins his retirement plans. Lucas will become Co-Chairman of the Board and will remain as Lucasfilm's CEO. On October 30, 2012 it was announced that The Walt Disney Company was purchasing Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in stock and cash.
Productions[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 135
- DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.. The Walt Disney Company. thewaltdisneycompany.com (2012-10-30). Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved on October 31, 2012.
- Schou, Solvej (2012-12-21). Mickey meets 'Star Wars': Walt Disney Co. completes acquisition of Lucasfilm. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 22, 2012. Retrieved on December 21, 2012.
- Fleming Jr., Mike (August 6, 2019). Kay Oyegun To Script 'Children Of Blood And Bone' For Fox/Disney; Looks To Be First Lucasfilm Pic Project That Isn't 'Star Wars' Or 'Indiana Jones'. deadline.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2020.