"STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS"
(Photo left) Star Wars creator George Lucas. (c) Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.
George Lucas is the creator of the STAR WARS Saga and the Indiana Jones series, and the founder of Lucasfilm Ltd, a fully integrated entertainment company based in San Francisco. In 1973, Lucas co-wrote and directed American Graffiti, which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award nominations. Four years later, his Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope broke all box-office records and earned seven Oscars.
The recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Lucas has also directed THX 1138 and Star Wars: Episodes I, II and III, and has produced such acclaimed films as Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Kagemusha. The American Film Institute has honored Lucas with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his work.
Lucasfilm Ltd., the company he founded in 1971, comprises motion picture and television production; Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound; LucasArts; Lucasfilm Animation; Lucas Licensing; and Lucas Online. Lucasfilm's feature films have won 19 Oscars and its television projects, including the acclaimed "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," have received 12 Emmy Awards.
A diehard STAR WARS fan, Dave Filoni realized a lifelong dream when he was named director of Lucasfilm Animation's STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. Exploring the many war-time tales and unsung stories that take place between Episodes II and III, Filoni oversees the creation of all-new adventures within the iconic STAR WARS universe, both on the theatrical release of THE CLONE WARS as well as on the upcoming weekly television series, for which he is Supervising Director.
Filoni joined Lucasfilm Animation fresh from another touchstone fantasy franchise, Nickelodeon's animated "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Filoni served as director on that series, helping to further articulate the complex and dynamic world of the wildly popular series.
Filoni began his animation career working as an assistant director for Film Roman's Emmy-winning "King of the Hill," created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels. While with Film Roman, Filoni also served as assistant director for "Mission Hill" and "The Oblongs," both of which ran on the WB. From there, he moved to Walt Disney Television Animation, where he contributed in various capacities to series such as "Teamo Supremo," "Kim Possible," "Dave the Barbarian" and "Lilo & Stitch."
Catherine Winder oversaw both development and production of the first animated STAR WARS adventure, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. During her career in animation, she has worked as both an executive and a producer in feature films, home video and television.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm Animation, she ran her own industry consulting business. She was also senior vice president of production at Fox Feature Animation, where she oversaw the Oscar-nominated hit Ice Age. She has produced such series as "Spawn" and "Spicy City" for HBO and Aeon Flux for MTV. She began her animation career in Asia, working for Walt Disney Television Japan, followed by positions at Hanna-Barbera/Turner Pictures in both Taiwan and Los Angeles.
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