Lucasfilm Hires Tony To as Production and Development Exec

Star Wars Tatooine Scene - H 2014
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Star Wars Tatooine Scene - H 2014

He served as executive vp production at Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production for the past three years.

Tony To is boarding Lucasfilm as head of production and development, moving over from Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, where he served as executive vp production for the past three years.

He'll report directly to Lucasfllm president Kathleen Kennedy.

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Lucasfilm has six new films and several TV projects currently on its slate, including J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII, of course, as well as the Star Wars Rebels animated series and two recently announced stand-alone Star Wars films from directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank. To's responsibilities include Industrial Light & Magic, led by Lynwen Brennan and John Knoll; Skywalker Sound led by Josh Lowden; production led by Jason McGatlin; and creative development led by Kiri Hart.

In addition, he will continue to oversee Disney's co-development program with Shanghai Media Group Pictures to develop Disney-branded movies for China and other markets.

Said Kennedy in a statement: "[To] has unmatched production expertise and a tremendous passion for storytelling. He is a wonderful addition to the fantastic creative team we have in place to develop new content."

"Lucasfilm has an amazing legacy and an equally amazing future," added To.

At Disney, To was responsible for physical production on live-action titles including Maleficent.

Earlier, he produced the Tom Hanks miniseries From the Earth to the Moon for HBO and Imagine Entertainment and was co-executive producer alongside Hanks and Steven Spielberg on the network's 10-part Band of Brothers, as well as its follow-up, The Pacific. To also directed episodes of The Pacific, Band of Brothers and House M.D.

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