Former Apple exec Kerris joins Lucasfilm

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Lucasfilm on Wednesday announced that former Apple executive Richard Kerris has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Kerris held several high-level positions in Apple’s pro applications division before joining Lucasfilm.

In his role as CTO at Lucasfilm Kerris will oversee the technical operations and help develop and execute the company’s technology strategy for Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, LucasArts, Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Lucas Online.

“Most of the technologies used in digital production today have their origins at Lucasfilm,” said Kerris. “It’s the only entertainment company involved in all areas of content creation and delivery, from visual effects, television and videogames to animation and sound.”

Mac users will remember Kerris’ many appearances on stage demoing Maya with Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his Macworld keynotes. Prior to his duties at Apple, Kerris was the director of Maya Technologies at Alias/Wavefront.

“Richard has extraordinary knowledge of the leading digital-entertainment technologies,” said Micheline Chau, Lucasfilm President and Chief Operating Officer. “His incredible background and our cutting-edge production techniques are a potent combination that uniquely position Lucasfilm to take advantage of new-media opportunities and continue strengthening our position as an entertainment leader.”

Lucasfilm was founded by George Lucas in 1971 and is a privately held company.

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