Star Wars VFX firm Industrial Light & Magic has set up a new London-based TV division to capitalise on the booming streaming and episodic television markets.
ILM TV will be based out of ILMs new 47,000 square foot London studio and supported by the Disney-owned company’s global locations in San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore.
The new division will be led by VFX supervisors Hayden Jones and Jonathan Privett alongside executive producers Louise Hussey and Stefan Drury - who all hail from award-winning Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 VFX house DNEG.
The former DNEG staffers were instrumental in setting up the Prime Focus-owned London VFX firm’s TV division, winning a BAFTA for their work on Netflix show Black Mirror.
The first TV work set to land in its London HQ will be Jon Favreau-developed The Mandalorian, based around the land of Star Wars fan favourite Boba Fett. It is also working on the second season of Star Wars prequel Krypton for Warner Scripted Television for SYFY.
Executive creative director and head of ILM Rob Bredow said that the convergence of the TV and Film worlds were providing VFX players with a set of new opportunities.
“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,” he said.