The Force will always be with George Lucas. The brains behind the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series, Lucasfilm is one of the most successful movie studios in the history of film. Previously owned by filmmaker George Lucas, the company's productions have won a total of about 20 Academy Awards. Lucasfilm produces a wide range of entertainment including original content, post-production effects and audio for external clients, licensed products, gaming, and software. Created in 1971, Lucasfilm was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in late 2012.
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.
Disney plans to leverage the Star Wars brand across its multiple platforms in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products. A relationship between the two famous entertainment companies already existed, as Star Wars content has been integrated into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, and Tokyo. The Lucasfilm acquisition was the latest in a series of mega-deals for Disney -- the Mouse House previously acquired Pixar and Marvel in transactions designed to further expand the media giant's massive portfolio of entertainment brands and characters.