Lucas Digital Prez Splits for Toons

After more than two decades with Lucas Digital, company president Jim Morris is stepping down to pursue a career as a creative producer for computer-animated movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Morris served as general manager of ILM for 13 years and president of Lucas Digital for 11 years.

While George Lucas and his newly minted Lucas Animation are entering the CG feature market, Morris has expressed a desire to branch out from Lucas’ Marin County, Calif.-based empire and pursue opportunities in Los Angeles.

To help fill the void left with Morris’ departure, Chrissie England will step up and assume the role of president of Industrial Light & Magic, reporting to Lucasfilm Ltd. president Micheline Chau.

With Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith slated to hit theaters this spring, ILM is busy with effects work on Paramount Pictures’ Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events, which bows Dec. 17. Other current projects include New Line Cinema’s sequel Son of the Mask, Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Disney’s The Pirates of the Caribbean follow-up.

Morris’ decision to leave comes as all the various Lucas companies get set to relocate to one central facility at the Presidio in San Francisco. The move will see ILM, LucasArts Ent., Lucas Licensing, Lucas Online and Lucasfilm Ltd. Share the same 23-acre home.