17 JAN 2024

The Annual Saturn Awards to honour Animation professional Dave Filoni

The George Pal Memorial Award will be for the highly talented and influential figure in the world of animation and storytelling.

17 JAN 2024

Dave Filoni

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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films has revealed their plans to bestow The George Pal Memorial Award to the highly talented and influential figure in the world of animation and storytelling, Dave Filoni. The Award will be presented to Filoni at the upcoming 51st Annual Saturn Awards, set to take place on February 4, hosted by Joel McHale and stream by the premium OTT linear channel and app from Electric Entertainment, ElectricNOW.

Filoni’s exceptional storytelling abilities combined with his deep understanding of “Star Wars” lore has introduced some of the most popular series, stories and characters to a galaxy far, far away. His dedication to maintaining the integrity of the franchise while pushing creative boundaries has earned him immense respect from fans and industry professionals alike.

Academy President Robert Holguin and Saturn Awards producers Bradley and Kevin Marcus comment, “Dave’s work has had a profound impact on the Star Wars franchise, breathing new life into beloved characters and expanding the universe in exciting and unexpected ways. He is a true visionary in the world of animation and storytelling, and we are truly honoured to bestow this very special award to him.”

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” won four Emmy Awards.

Filoni is creator, writer, and executive producer on the critically acclaimed series “Ahsoka,” executive producer, episodic director, and writer on the Emmy Award-winning series “The Mandalorian,” as well as its spin off series “The Book of Boba Fett.” Filoni is the creator and executive producer of the animated series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” and “Tales of the Jedi.” He is also executive producing the upcoming Star Wars series, “Skeleton Crew.” Dave was recently promoted to Chief Creative Officer of Lucasfilm.