Lucasfilm Ltd. was founded in 1971 by Star Wars creator George W. Lucas Jr. It has grown into a major independent production house and one of the world’s leading entertainment companies. Lucasfilm’s primary endeavors include movie and television production, along with groundbreaking visual and aural effects, video games, software and various online activities. Corporate subsidiaries include Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, Pixar Animation Studios, Avid Technology and THX Ltd. The company has spun off a thriving industry of Star Wars merchandising, memorabilia and licensing.
Lucasfilm was off and running after the release of its second feature film, American Graffiti. Made on a $750,000 budget, the movie grossed more than $100 million. Based in San Francisco, the privately held corporation employs about 2,000 people. It does not disclose revenues.
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