Kerner Optical files for Chapter 11 reorganization

SAN RAFAEL -- Kerner Optical LLC, once the cover name for Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic division, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Rosa.

Kerner Optical, the contract provider of movie special effects for Lucas films, commercial film makers and event producers listed assets of $799,000 and debts of about $4.25 million in its court filing.

Kerner Optical was the ghost name by which ILM operated in stealth before Lucasfilm moved the division and most of its operations to the Presidio in San Francisco in 2006.

The special-effects team, responsible for building models and creatures and creating pyrotechnical effects, elected not to make the move.

Kerner Optical is not connected to The Kerner Group, an umbrella over Kerner Studios, KernerWorks, Kerner Pictures and Kerner 3D.

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