SYDNEY — Industrial Light & Magic (www.ilm.com), the visual effects division of Lucasfilm Ltd., has announced that the company will be expanding its global footprint to Australia. The studio will open a new studio in Sydney to better serve its clients and complement its current operations in San Francisco, where the company is headquartered, as well as in Singapore, Vancouver and London.
Photo (L-R): Minister Donald Harwin, head of ILM Rob Bredow, New South Wales Premier Glady Berejiklian, ILM executive Luke Hetherington and Minister Stuart Ayres on the Fox Studio Australia lot for ILM’s announcement of a new studio in Sydney.
Like its global locations, ILM’s Sydney studio will offer visual effects and animation services, as well as creative problem solving. The studio will work on projects that include feature films, television, immersive entertainment and themed attractions.
“Sydney is an ideal location for our fifth studio,” notes Rob Bredow, executive creative director and head of ILM. “There is abundant artistic and technical talent in the region, which are both keys to ILM’s culture of innovation. It’s particularly exciting that the first film our new studio will contribute to will be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
“It’s an amazing opportunity for local Australian talent to join established ILM staff from around the globe and collaborate on high-end animation and visual effects,” adds Luke Hetherington, who will expand his responsibilities to serve as the studio’s executive in charge. “At ILM they can do so while working on the kind of projects that inspired so many of us to start out in this industry, like Star Wars, Avengers, Jurassic Park and many more.”