Dave Filoni, executive producer of The Mandalorian — and one of the creative minds who led animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels — has just received a major promotion at Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Per Lucasfilm’s official website, Filoni is now officially listed as Executive Producer/Executive Creative Director at the Walt Disney Company-owned studio.
Per IGN, who reached out to Lucasfilm for clarification about whether or not this was a new title for the Star Wars guru:
“Dave has been serving as Executive Producer / Executive Creative Director at Lucasfilm for quite some time now,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said. “We simply updated our website. Nothing has changed with his current and future projects. He is busier than ever in a galaxy far, far away!”
It is worth noting that the only people listed above Filoni in the leadership hierarchy at Lucasfilm at this point are Executive Vice President, Physical Production Momita SenGupta, Executive Vice President & General Manager Lynwen Brennan, and President Kathleen Kennedy.
Mandalorian creator and showrunner Jon Favreau — who is also working with Filoni on all three Mandalorian spinoff series (Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, The Book of Boba Fett) — is not in a leadership position at Lucasfilm at this time.
The announcement of Filoni’s promotion should come as welcome news for Star Wars fans, many of whom regard him and Favreau as the best thing to happen to the Star Wars universe since Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Indeed, Filoni has had a hand in the introduction of many beloved characters to the Star Wars franchise — he worked with George Lucas to create Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein/Rosario Dawson) and helped, of course, with character development for both Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and pop-culture icon, Grogu.
At this time, neither Filoni nor Lucasfilm have made an official statement regarding his promotion. Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek recently confirmed that sitting Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy will be with the company in her existing role for the foreseeable future.
Filoni’s official biography on the Lucasfilm website reads:
Dave Filoni realized a lifelong dream in 2005 when he was selected by George Lucas to help build Lucasfilm’s animation studio from the ground up and create the company’s first series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Over a span of seven seasons, and more than 100 episodes, The Clone Wars (2008-2020) pushed the boundaries of television animation, receiving acclaim not only for its technical achievements, but its complex and compelling storylines. The series won four Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Special Class Animated Program two years in a row, and introduced countless fan favorite characters to the Star Wars saga.
Filoni’s follow-up series, the Emmy® nominated Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018), similarly received universal praise for building upon the Star Wars saga and expanding on the lore and mythology first introduced in 1977. His third animated series, Star Wars Resistance, received Emmy® nominations two years in a row in the category of Outstanding Children’s Program (2019, 2020).
Filoni is executive producer, episodic director and writer on the Emmy award-winning series The Mandalorian, and is currently in production on the new series The Book of Boba Fett. He is also the creator and executive producer of the new animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+.
Are you hoping to see much from Dave Filoni as the Star Wars story expands?
This article has been updated since it was originally published.