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Lucasfilm Ltd. & JibJab Partner To Celebrate  The 30th Anniversary of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

Lucasfilm Ltd. & JibJab Partner To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

Available today for the first time ever, people everywhere can cast themselves, family and friends in the classic adventures from “a galaxy far, far away” with playful and irreverent two-minute re-tellings of the original Star Wars films by JibJab. Just visit JibJab.com or StarWars.com to feel the Force as it’s never been possible before – by becoming a part of the Star Wars Saga!

Making a personalized movie with JibJab’s Starring You® technology is easy.  Users just upload a photo – using a computer, Facebook or a webcam – and use JibJab’s simple tools to insert it into the movies. After watching their movie, users can share the video with friends via email, Facebook and Twitter.  Custom versions of the videos are available as Premium Downloads for users who want to save them forever on their computers or watch them on their iPhones.

“What better way to celebrate Empire’s 30th anniversary than to allow fans to become part of the story,” said Bill Gannon, Director of Digital Media at Lucasfilm Ltd. “JibJab’s inventive technology allows us to experience Star Wars in an all-new way. It’s really a great partnership, and we are thrilled with what they’ve done with the Saga; it’s lots of fun.”

Creating and sharing a personalized version of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back is free in commemoration of the fan-favorite installment’s 30th anniversary.  Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi are available exclusively to JibJab Members.  JibJab is a Member-supported company that charges $12 a year for unlimited access to its 1,000+ eCards, Everyday Fun and Starring You videos and pics.

“We aim to deliver a lot more value to our Members than the buck a month it winds up costing them,” said JibJab co-founder Gregg Spiridellis.  “Star Wars Starring You is a perfect example of the kinds of amazing, special experiences we’re working hard to bring our Members.”

JibJab was founded in 1999 by brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis.  In 2004, in a pre-YouTube world, the pair created the smash online hit “This Land” featuring a singing George Bush and John Kerry. Since then, the brothers have built JibJab into pioneering digital media company powering innovative online entertainment experiences like OfficeMax’s ElfYourself campaign.

Go to JibJab.com and StarWars.com to experience the Star Wars Starring You fun for yourself – and share the laughs with your friends!

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Lucasfilm Ltd. Launches “The Empire Gives Back” Charity Campaign

Lucasfilm Ltd. Launches “The Empire Gives Back” Charity Campaign

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm Ltd. is launching a year-long campaign to raise much-needed funds for a brave alliance of worthy charities.

Leveraging Empire’s enormous popularity with fans, the goal is to channel the Force in support of a series of charitable events and activities — and to give back to the community that has helped Star Wars remain so popular for more than three decades. Among the charities to benefit from the year-long Empire Gives Back campaign are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Education Outreach at Chicago’s Field Museum and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Star Wars has received such an amazing show of love and support throughout the years, from fans all over the world,” said Mich Chau, President and Chief Operating Officer, Lucasfilm Ltd. “This anniversary gives us a wonderful opportunity to give back to our fans, and to work with some truly worthy organizations in a combined effort to support those in need.”

Activities include:

  • Los Angeles red carpet screening to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    • Featuring an exclusive Q&A with Harrison Ford, this one-night-only digital screening of The Empire Strikes Back is presented by Junk Food Clothing
    • To be held at Hollywood’s Arclight Cinema at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 19
  • Chicago screenings to benefit Education Outreach Programs at The Field Museum
    • Four digital screenings to be held at The Field Museum’s Ernst & Young Theater
      • Friday, May 7 at 3:00pm
      • Saturday, May 8 at  3:00pm, 7:00pm and 10:30pm
    • Ticket Info: fieldmuseum.org or 312-665-7400
  • The 501st Legion’s TK Project to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation
    • More than 50 contributing artists – including Star Wars actors, underground artists, celebrities and fans – will design and customize classic Star Wars stormtrooper helmets
    • Entries to be auctioned through Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., from Aug. 12-15
    • For more information, visit www.starwarscelebration.com
  • The Empire Skates Back to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation
    • Similar to the TK Project, more than 30 contributing artists will customize and design skateboard decks to reflect themes of The Empire Strikes Back
    • Entries to be auctioned through Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., from Aug. 12-15
    • For more information, visit www.starwarscelebration.com
  • Additional programs will be announced throughout the year on StarWars.com

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