OK, so we’ve known for a while that Lucasfilm/Disney were looking into the idea of having Star Wars theme parks but we’ve been waiting for confirmation on a bigger scale. And we just got it...
Patti Burke, according to our friends at The Star Wars Underworld, a veteran with over 20 years of exoerience in the movie and theme park industries has been appointed as Executive Producer of Lucasfilm’s Theme Park Division. Now, let’s take a few seconds to let that sink in…
While, we’re obviously happy for Ms Burke – our experience of Lucasfilm employees is that they are, quite simply, lovely – our minds are totally blown at the prospect of what exactly this eans. And not just Star Wars but all Lucasfilm’s properties. Imagine out running that boulder at the start of Raiders of the Lost Ark or spending time on Hoth just as the AT-ATs arrive; the possiblilities are, frankyl, endless.
We’re excited… are you guys?
Starwars.com write of Ms Burke:
Patti Burke heads Lucasfilm’s Theme Park division. Her eclectic career spans over 20 years, including time as a production executive at Touchstone Pictures, and later, Head of Production for Walt Disney Imagineering’s Theme Park Productions division. During her tenure, both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney California Adventure Park (featuring the hit ride Soarin’) were launched.
Following her work with Disney, she served as Head of Studio at PDI DreamWorks Animation in Silicon Valley.
In the past five years, Burke has completed consulting work for both Sony Imageworks and WDI in strategic operations and artistic development. Most recently, she oversaw concept development for DreamWorks Animation’s DreamCenter in Shanghai.
Burke currently resides with her husband in Mill Valley, where they raised their children Elizabeth and Sean, and has two Labradors.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from USC Cinematic Arts School.