Lucasfilm expresses interest in TV

Possible new direction for 'Star Wars' franchise

CANNES — After “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” could George Lucas possibly be interested in the small screen?

On Wednesday the smiling faces of the Lucasfilm folk attending Mipcom appeared in the mart’s inhouse mag with the announcement that TV will be Lucas’ next empire.

Lucas’ people had been a mysterious presence at the mart in Cannes, huddling with 150 “Star Wars” licensees from all over the world to talk about the film’s release in May — but giving the press a wide berth.

“Lucasfilm would like to move into TV programming after ‘Star Wars: Episode III,’ ” said Jeff Ulin, the senior director of distribution and business affairs and head of Lucasfilm’s TV activities. Ulin is a former CEO of the animation company Wild Brain.

Lucas’ company is already into animated series. An episode of Lucasfilm series “Clone Wars” was shown to distribs at Mipcom before they were whisked off to a party at a chateau outside Cannes on Sunday.