Disney Studios EVP Production Tony To is crossing over to Lucasfilm, which said today the veteran is joining the company as Head of Production and Development. He will report to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy after a three-year stint at Disney and will be tasked with overseeing all live-action and animation production. That includes six new projects on the studio’s slate including Star Wars: Episode VII, the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series, and two recently announced stand-alone Star Wars films from directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank.
As part of the deal, To will continue to oversee Disney’s recently announced co-development deal with China’s Shanghai Media Group, a multi-year partnership to co-develop Disney-branded movies for U.S.-China co-productions. As part of that initiative, U.S.-based writers team with locally based Chinese writers and filmmakers to develop scripts that combine Disney’s storytelling and Chinese elements.
To was responsible for physical production on all live-action titles in his Disney role. But he also was a producer on the 1998 Tom Hanks miniseries From The Earth To The Moon for HBO and Imagine Entertainment, and co-exec producer on Band Of Brothers and The Pacific — all won the miniseries Emmy. To also helmed episodes of Brothers, Pacific and Fox’s House. At Lucasfilm his mandate includes overseeing Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and production and creative development divisions.
“This is such an exciting and creative time at Lucasfilm,” Kennedy said today in announcing the hire, “and I’m overjoyed to have Tony on board. He 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.”