The Force is definitely with Emperor George Lucas. The brains behind the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series, Lucasfilm is one of the most successful independent movie studios in the history of film. Owned by filmmaker George Lucas, the company's productions have won a total of about 20 Academy Awards. Its most recent live action feature films are 2012's Red Tails and 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (in partnership with Paramount); 1999's Episode I -- The Phantom Menace is Lucasfilm's biggest money-maker, with a gross of more than $920 million worldwide. Other subsidiaries in the Lucas empire are responsible for licensing, special effects, and software. Lucasfilm was created in 1971.
Lucasfilm consists of Lucasfilm Entertainment, also known as LucasArts (video games), special-effects house Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Skywalker Sound, Lucas Licensing (consumer products), Lucas Online (e-commerce, news, and information), and Lucasfilm Animation (digitally animated feature films and television productions). The divisions are all housed under one roof at the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio, a former Army base in San Francisco.
The company also has a presence in Asia with its Lucasfilm Singapore, its first overseas facility that produces digital animation for movies, TV, and games, as well as visual effects for feature films and multi-platform games. Lucasfilm Singapore is majority-owned by Lucasfilm, with the remainder held by a Singapore state-led consortium.
While in recent years things have been relatively quiet on the movie production front (with Red Tails being its sole new release), the company has been active in other ancillary areas in order to generate revenue. In 2011 it released The Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray -- a 9 disc set comprising all six films in the series -- in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. In addition, that year the company launched the massively multiplayer online videogame Star Wars: The Old Republic in partnership with Electronic Arts and BioWare.
In other efforts to capitalize on Star Wars, Lucasfilm is re-releasing all the Star Wars movies in 3D. It first did so in 2012 with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D. The move is designed to lure young fans -- who have only seen the movies on TV and DVD -- into movie theaters. Lucasfilm is releasing one Star Wars movie in 3D theaters each year for the next five years.
On the TV front, Lucasfilm continues to produce Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a TV show based on the 2008 animated film of the same name. It creates the show, which airs on Cartoon Network, in partnership with Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting System. And in 2010 the company launched Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, an online game based on the Clone Wars series that was released in partnership with Sony Online Entertainment.
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