Lucasfilm Ltd. & JibJab Partner To Celebrate
The 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back
VENICE, CA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 4, 2010 – 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.
JibJab makes things that make people laugh. From offbeat Sendables® eCards to personalized Starring You!® videos and satirical viral videos, JibJab is on a mission to help more people share more laughs than any other company in the history of the world. With over 100 million visits to its websites in the past twelve months the company is well on its way to doing it. For more information, please visit JibJab.com/about.
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