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Industrial Light & Magic Takes on New VFX Markets with ILM TV

Studio launches division to provide visual effects and animation services for TV and streaming content producers.

One of ILM TV’s first projects is Lucasfilm’s ‘The Mandalorian,’ a live-action series based in the Star Wars universe being developed by Jon Favreau.

SAN FRANCISCO / LONDON -- Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has announced they are expanding their offering of best-in-class visual effects and animation services to include the streaming and episodic television markets with a new division: ILM TV. The division will be based out of ILM’s new 47,000 square foot London studio and supported by the company’s global locations in San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore.

The ILM TV team will be led by visual effects supervisors Hayden Jones and Jonathan Privett alongside executive producers Louise Hussey and Stefan Drury. Previously, the team set up and oversaw DNEG’s television division, winning a BAFTA for Special, Visual and Graphic Effects for their work on Black Mirror.

ILM TV’s first projects will be The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm’s eagerly anticipated live-action series based in the Star Wars universe, being developed by Jon Favreau, and Superman prequel series Krypton, now in its second season, based on DC characters from Warner Horizon Scripted Television for SYFY.

“It’s not often you get to create a new division at Industrial Light & Magic,” Rob Bredow, executive creative director and head of ILM, explained. “We are seeing a real convergence in our creative approach used on films and in our immersive entertainment division ILMxLAB, and now we’re proud to be able to offer these ILM innovations in a way that’s suitable for streaming and television work to creatives around the world.”

From left to right: Jonathan Privett, Louise Hussey, Stefan Drury and Hayden Jones.

ILM’s legacy in television dates back to the studio’s revolutionary and Emmy award-winning work for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which brought feature film-quality effects to an episodic series for the first time. “We are extremely excited to be re-igniting ILM’s involvement in this market and to showcase the team’s expertise, unrivaled technology and production management globally,” Jones added. “The television and streaming segments have grown exponentially in recent years and we are seeing substantial demand for high caliber visual effects that can be delivered on schedule and within budget, all of which lie at the core of our team’s expertise and proven track record.”

ILM TV will offer producers and showrunners access to Industrial Light & Magic’s legendary VFX talent, infrastructure and technology combined with a fresh approach to visual effects, designed to suit the condensed production schedules and rapid turnaround times that episodic series and online streaming programs demand.

Source: ILM