The guild will present the honor Jan. 27 at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guilds Excellence in Production Design Awards. The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
ADG President Nelson Coates said, “We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful movies of our time.”
“Ms. Kennedy is truly a significant role model,” Coates added. “Her creative legacy and professional journey is an inspirational example to all young artists who are in search of a meaningful career in the entertainment industry. Through her perseverance, talent and leadership, she has become an icon elevating the art of production design. She continues to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”
Kennedy is president of Lucasfilm and she oversees Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Kennedy is also the producer of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story and a new installment in the Indiana Jones series.
Kennedy has produced or executive produced over 70 feature films, including “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” The Sixth Sense,” the Back to the Future trilogy, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Lincoln” and “Schindlers List.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm in 2012, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall, and in 1982 she co-founded the successful Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Steven Spielberg.
Previous recipients of the guild’s award have been Brad Bird, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, the production designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Bill Taylor, Syd Dutton, Warren Beatty, Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, Robert S. Wise and Zhang Yimou.