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#1 Feanor Culnamo

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:32 AM

Disney buys LucasArts alongside Lucasfilm


The Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to Star Wars with its acquisition today of Lucasfilm, the production company that makes Star Wars, and all of its subsidiaries. That includes video game developer and publisher LucasArts.

“Disney bought all Lucasfilm companies, including LucasArts. For the time being, all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings,” Lucasfilm publicist Barbara Gamlen said. The original release notes that all LucasArts employees will remain on staff, but Disney executives did reference plans to focus on social and mobile Star Wars games as opposed to high-end console releases.

We’ve contacted LucasArts to determine what this means for that storied developer’s many beloved games, including the in-development Star Wars 1313 and the Star Wars: The Old Republic massively multiplayer online role-playing game. We’ll update with any new information.

Disney made the purchase for $4.04 billion. You can read our full story here, as GamesBeat is focusing on the video game side of the story.

Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks,” a press release from Disney reads.

The Walt Disney Company chief executive officer Robert Iger continues the enthusiasm: ”Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas. This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
The Star Wars films alone have made $4.4 billion at the box office globally. Lucasfilm’s extended media properties, merchandising lines, and video games add a significant stack of cash to that sum.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” Star Wars creator and chief executive officer of Lucasfilm George Lucas said. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

Here might be the biggest news of this deal: Disney is making a new Star Wars film. A Star Wars: Episode VII is set to debut in 2015. George Lucas will stay on in the role of creative consultant.

LucasArts was originally founded in 1982 with purpose of developing video games under the label Lucasfilm Games. In 1990, Lucasfilm reorganized the game division under its own LucasArts title. It’s best known titles in the early days were its adventure games like 1987′s Maniac Mansion and 1990′s The Secret of Monkey Island.

The developer’s Star Wars games are also a big part of its history. The 1993 X-Wing space-combat simulation game is considered by many to be one of the best examples of that genre.

Since the beginning of this century, LucasArts has found the most success in working with other developers. BioWare’s role-playing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game in 2003 is often referred to as the best Star Wars game. Star Wars now joins the Disney’s recent acquisition of the Marvel comic-book company. Disney now holds the rights to some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Read more at http://venturebeat.c...MTzMVZPItxvw.99


Source: http://venturebeat.c...side-lucasfilm/

Jadi bagi yang tidak bisa berbahasa Inggris, ini adalah ringkasan beritanya:

1. Disney membeli Lucasfilms beserta seluruh anak perusahaannya (LucasArts, ILM,dll) sebesar US$4.4 Milyar.

2. Disney memegang seluruh hak cipta dari Lucasfilms dan seluruh anak perusahaannya.

3. Dan yang aku bold, akan ada film Star Wars Episode VII, yang direncanakan rilis tahun 2015.

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Edited by Feanor Culnamo, 31 October 2012 - 09:34 AM.

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#2 Feanor Culnamo

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:50 AM

Mickey, Meet Yoda: Disney To Buy Lucasfilm For $4.05 Billion



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Walt Disney this afternoon announced a deal to buy Lucasfilm from Star Wars director and film pioneer George Lucas for $4.05 billion in cash and stock.


Under terms of the deal, Lucas will be paid half in cash and half in the form of about 40 million Disney shares.

“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

Lucas said in a statement that it is “now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
“I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime,” Lucas said. “I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

The deal includes not only Star Wars but also other businesses operated by Lucasfilm, including LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Disney said the current plan is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, now co-chairman of Lucasfilm, becomes president of the company, reporting to Disney Chairman Alan Horn. She’s also acting as brand manager for Star Wars. The announcement said Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new films in the franchise, with Lucas as creative consultant. The announcement notes that Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled for release in 2015, with more films expected to follow. No word yet on who will direct Episode 7.


Source: http://www.forbes.co...r-4-05-billion/


Berita yang lebih resmi dari Forbes.

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#3 dcL

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:59 AM

well since this is an English News :HeHe:

moved fresh news infotainment => English News

I am smelling remake of starwars :HeHe:

this pic is a good idea

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#4 pagiall

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
it can't be true...
what have you done lucas??you suppose to be destroying sith, not joining them...
my childhood was die a little...but in the contrary i expecting there will be starwars jedi in kingdom hearts 3...
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