Back in the late '70s, George Lucas founded a brand-new visual effects studio just to handle the massive workload that was the first Star Wars movie. Fast forward to over 40 years later, and Industrial Light & Magic is the be-all-end-all of visual effects work in Hollywood, having worked on some of the most iconic projects in the history of cinema: Indiana Jones, Men in Black, The Mummy, Batteries Not Included, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Jumanji, Pirates of the Carribean, Iron Man, and many more.
Now, ILM (as it's most commonly known) is launching a TV division, ILM TV, the studio announced in a press release today. The new department will be based in London with support from the company's offices in San Francisco, Vancouver, and Singapore.
“It’s not often you get to create a new division at Industrial Light & Magic”, explained Rob Bredow, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM. “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.”
Per the release, ILM TV's first two big projects will be Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian and SYFY's Krypton Season 2, both of which are currently in production. However, ILM does have a history in the world of television, thanks to its work on ABC's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in the early '90s. The official move into the realm is more a sign of just how cinematic television shows have become in recent years. Most episodes of mainstream series (mainly those in sci-fi, horror, and fantasy) feel like mini-movies, which will benefit greatly from the pioneering effects work done by ILM.
“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,” added VFX Supervisor Hayden Jones. “The television and streaming segments have grown exponentially in recent years and we are seeing substantial demand for high calibre visual effects that can be delivered on schedule and within budget, all of which lie at the core of our teams expertise and proven track record.”