Biz Briefs: Movies Made Easy

George Lucas is again breaking ground. The billionaire director, famous for blockbusters like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, has built a new empire. It's the "ultimate digital studio," he says, an antidote to celluloid's costly chemical processing and vaunted studio system. The Letterman Digital Arts Center is a $350 million facility inside San Francisco's Presidio, a national park overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. The idea is to advance production of digital films, games, special effects and animation--something Lucas has done for decades yet Hollywood hasn't quite caught on to. "We make films for half or a third of...

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