I recently rewatched Attack of the Clones (AotC) and decided to give the The Clone Wars (TCW) animated series a shot before revisiting Revenge of the Sith (RotS) to fill in the blanks between the two films. I'm aware that both AotC and RotS were released before TCW, with the show following the latter by at least 3 years. The show of course portrays a lot of self-contained plots that don't see the light of day outside the show and, for the most part, ultimately don't need to. I've only recently caught up to season 6.
One such element is Ahsoka Tano. In the S5 finale Ahsoka,
Anakin's friend and Padawan, is excommunicated from the Jedi Order (and later given the opportunity to rejoin)
and I feel compelled to emphasize friend here, despite what the Order has to say about forming attachments.
Some sources I've found say Ahsoka did not exist during RotS development. Wikipedia cites a fan interview referring to Ahsoka as a brand new character; this ScreenRant article agrees, but seems to allude to a potential cameo in RotS (admittedly, I did my best to skim the article to avoid spoilers so maybe I misunderstood). This status likely applies to any character not mentioned before in any other Star Wars (SW) media. While the film focuses on the Council's refusal to grant him a seat as one of the final straws,
kicking out his Padawan
seems to me another strong reason to reinforce his mounting distrust and make him feel/act out the way he does.
Given the TCW screen time of such prominent characters as Ahsoka and some of the 501st members, their involvement in important skirmishes or invasions, their multiple brushes with death, and their close relationships to some of the characters of the flagship films, I wonder did there exist any semblance whatsoever of these characters and events prior to the release of RotS? If so, were the main cast (i.e. those playing the roles of Anakin, Obi-Wan, Dooku, Palpatine, Padme, other Council members or senators or bounty hunters with significant screen time, etc.) apprised of the general events of TCW? Were they at all aware of the then-future plans for SW media?
Here's a cooked up example of what I'm looking for: Perhaps during RotS shoots, Lucas hinted to Christensen at the existence and fate of a nameless Padawan or someone else very close to Anakin (besides Shmi and Padme) that is torn from the character, and directed that that help inform his character's growing animosity towards the Jedi authority, to supplement the emotional turmoil the audience witnesses on screen. The actor need not know the Padawan's name, just that his character had a Padawan.
Perhaps the answer is as simple as, "No, everything you see in TCW is new and was retrofitted to be more or less consistent with what the previous films and other media had already established." It would be nice to see an official statement or interview that either confirms one way or the other.