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August 25, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Hewlett-Packard Co. won a three-year technology and marketing contract with movie company Lucasfilm Ltd. San Rafael, Calif.-based Lucasfilm, founded by "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas, will add as many as 1,000 Hewlett-Packard workstations to produce visual effects and video games, Hewlett-Packard said. Terms of the contract, which also includes information storage and archiving, weren't disclosed.
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May 6, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts Inc. have inked a licensing deal that will see the video game developer make and publish new "Star Wars" games, the companies said Monday afternoon. Under the exclusive, multi-year agreement, Electronic Arts will develop titles for "all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres" related to "Star Wars. " Disney retains certain rights to develop games for mobile, social, tablet and online platforms, the companies said.  The announcement comes a little more than a month after Disney's Lucasfilm Ltd. subsidiary, which is responsible for the "Star Wars" franchise, said it would no longer make video games.
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April 27, 1999
Panavision is joining the Force. Last week, the Woodland Hills motion picture camera maker announced that it is working with Lucasfilm Ltd. and the Sony Corp. to create digital motion picture cameras to shoot the next two films in the "Star Wars" saga. Panavision will make lenses for the new cameras, which director George Lucas has said may replace the conventional 35-millimeter format.
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October 31, 2012 | Ben Fritz and Richard Verrier
Adding another marquee pop-culture property to its roster, Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $4.05 billion to acquire the company that controls the blockbuster "Star Wars" franchise -- allowing Disney to exploit the brand through film, television, consumer products and theme parks. With the purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd., Disney plans to churn out new "Star Wars" movies every two or three years beginning in 2015 with "Star Wars Episode 7," Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said in conference call with analysts late Tuesday.
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October 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
The film company of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas opened a digital animation studio in Singapore on Thursday, and said it has started work on his latest project -- a television series based on the hit series. Lucas, who did not travel to Singapore for the opening, said his new TV series, titled "Clone Wars" and based on the "Star Wars" movies, was being developed in the Singapore production house, and that it probably would be completed next year.
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February 24, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Filmmaker Lucas Reorganizes Firm: Veteran filmmaker George Lucas, citing "huge changes" in the marketplace, announced a consolidation and reorganization of his San Rafael, Calif.-based entertainment firm. Film producer Lindsley Parsons Jr. has been named president of the newly created Lucas Digital Services unit. Gordon Radley, who had been chief operating officer of LucasArts Entertainment, has been named president of the parent company, Lucasfilm Ltd.
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January 26, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Company Sues Over Special-Effects Patents: In its suit, CST Entertainment contends that LucasFilm Ltd., Eastman Kodak Co. and Silicon Graphics Inc. infringed its patent for video special effects techniques. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges the three companies violated CST's patent restrictions on a filming technique used in special effects, painting and animation. Culver City-based CST says it has held the patent for the video technology since 1987.
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August 16, 2001 | Associated Press
Lucasfilm Ltd. has signed an agreement to build a 23-acre office and film production facility at the Presidio, a former Army base in San Francisco. The company's plans call for a 900,000-square-foot campus for 2,500 workers. Officials with the Presidio Trust had been courting the film company for more than two years to build an office on the grounds. Lucasfilm's special effects and post-production company, Industrial Light & Magic, along with its THX Group, Lucas Arts Entertainment Co.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1997 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the biggest licensing deal ever tied to a single entertainment property, Hasbro Inc. and Galoob Toys Inc. announced Tuesday that they had separately reached agreements with Lucasfilm Ltd. for licensing rights to the next three "Star Wars" movies. The companies are giving Lucasfilm combined stock worth more than $225 million, in addition to royalties that should far exceed that amount. The films are expected to reach theaters beginning in 1999.
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January 19, 1990 | MONICA ZUROWSKI, Zurowski is a reporter for the Calgary (Alberta) Herald.
The short furry creatures called Ewoks in the 1983 film "Return of the Jedi" evolved from a script written by producer George Lucas in 1974 and were designed--partially--with Lucas' family dog in mind, Lucas told a Canadian court Thursday during his testimony as a defendant in a $129-million copyright-infringement case.
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March 16, 2007 | From staff and wire reports
Lucasfilm Ltd. has chosen Los Angeles for the 30th anniversary celebration of the release of "Star Wars." The company will take over the L.A. Convention Center May 23 through 28 for a wide range of events, including back-to-back screenings of all six of the space adventures. The event is dubbed "Celebration IV," because officially sanctioned "Star Wars" conventions have been held in Denver (1999) and Indianapolis (2002 and 2005). The 17-hour movie marathon begins at 9 a.m.
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October 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
The film company of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas opened a digital animation studio in Singapore on Thursday, and said it has started work on his latest project -- a television series based on the hit series. Lucas, who did not travel to Singapore for the opening, said his new TV series, titled "Clone Wars" and based on the "Star Wars" movies, was being developed in the Singapore production house, and that it probably would be completed next year.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Forget about what's happening in a galaxy far, far away. Closer to home in Marin County, George Lucas and his film company are immersed in a labor battle with the union that represents about 100 sound editors and mixers who work at the company's Skywalker Ranch. Lucasfilm Ltd., the producer of the "Star Wars" films, has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Local 16 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Hewlett-Packard Co. won a three-year technology and marketing contract with movie company Lucasfilm Ltd. San Rafael, Calif.-based Lucasfilm, founded by "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas, will add as many as 1,000 Hewlett-Packard workstations to produce visual effects and video games, Hewlett-Packard said. Terms of the contract, which also includes information storage and archiving, weren't disclosed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A former production assistant for Lucasfilm has been arrested and charged with stealing storyboard strips, video clips and sound effects from "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" before the film's release in May. Shea O'Brien Foley, 30, is expected to be arraigned in Marin County court within the next few days on nine counts of grand theft and four counts of unlawfully accessing a computer system, according to Marin County Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Haakenson. Foley was arrested Oct.
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September 13, 2002 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Coming to a gigantic screen near you: Imax Corp. and Lucasfilm Ltd. entered into a joint agreement to digitally remaster and re-release "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones." It's the first time Imax has used its proprietary technology on a film shot using digital cameras--a distinction that helped retain the look and feel of the original movie, even when it's been blown up to fit the huge screen.
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July 3, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
A Los Angeles federal judge has sent a letter to film director George Lucas' attorneys, asking Lucasfilm Ltd. to file a contempt proceeding against Luther Campbell, leader of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew.q In the letter, U.S. District Court Judge James Ideman charged that Campbell may have violated the judge's May 9 order barring the rapper from using the name Luke Skywalker, a licensed trademark owned by Lucas.
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