Following the departure of Lucasfilm’s Lynne Hale, the Disney-owned company has named Chris Coxall as her successor. The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported the announcement Tuesday evening.
While Hale worked directly under Lucasfilm for 35 years, Coxall just joined Disney in 2013. He’s been involved with every single Star Wars project since though, which puts him in a good position to help shape the future of the franchise.
In addition to Lucasfilm, he’s also with some of the campaigns for both Pixar films and the studio’s live-action remakes. Most recently he worked on Luca.
As VP of Publicity and Communications for Lucasfilm (his official title), Coxall is expected to be a spokesperson for all of the branch’s future feature and episodic projects. He’ll also oversee fan relations.
The transition happens just in time for the recently revealed Disney+ Day, which is slated to feature a slew of announcements from all of Disney’s subsidiaries in the vein of last year’s Disney Investor Day.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter