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‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Enlists ILM for Shiny New Opening Sequence (Video)

Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic helps comedian invite his studio audience into the show

Your move, Jimmy Fallon. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” debuted a flashy new opening sequence on Tuesday night, courtesy of a collaboration with Industrial Light & Magic.

The new open highlights Los Angeles landmarks Hollywood Blvd., the Hollywood Sign, and the Capitol Records Building. The shiny sequence concludes with Kimmel inviting the audience up the steps and into the studio to join him for the show.

ILM, a division of Walt Disney’s Lucasfilm Ltd., has won a total of 15 Academy Awards, with 30 additional nominations for its work in the movie biz.

“It was a real honor for us to be asked to redesign the open for ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,'”stated ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Bluff, who supervised the design and production of the open. “Knowing it had to stand out from the crowd and understanding it would play almost every weekday of the year added extra pressure to make sure we got the tone and the impact exactly right.”

“Through the close collaboration with show Producer Tony Romero and the rest of the wonderful team at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ my Art Director Cody Gramstad and our partners at Ghost, I believe we delivered a compelling package that I look forward to enjoying along with audiences nightly,” Bluff concluded.

Watch the new “JKL” opening credits: