Kathleen Kennedy
Lucasfilm
United States
2019

Lucasfilm Limited

Kathleen
Kennedy

President / Producer

Since 2012, Kennedy has been president of Lucasfilm and producer of its many “Star Wars” projects, a job that can be viewed as akin to shooting fish in a barrel (due to the omnipotent IP) or a thankless task (given the weight of industry and fan expectations). Either way, it’s hard to argue with the results. She came into the job as an eight-time Oscar nominee for best picture, and then the first four “Star Wars” titles released during her tenure (“The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” “The Last Jedi,” “Solo”) grossed over $4 billion worldwide. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and the live-action Disney Plus TV series centering on a loner gunslinger, “The Mandalorian,” are the latest to come from this milestone franchise. In 2018, Kennedy received the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award alongside husband and former producing partner Frank Marshall.

Career

  • Amblin Entertainment
  • The Kennedy/Marshall Company
  • Lucasfilm Limited

Education

  • San Diego State University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm and producer of scores of movies, will receive a prestigious BAFTA fellowship, the British Academy’s highest honor, in February.Across a 40-year career, Kennedy has produced pictures that have garnered 25 Oscars and more than 100 BAFTA nominations and 27 wins. She will be honored with the fellowship at BAFTA's annual Film Awards, to be held Feb. 2, 2020.Kennedy has worked with a who’s who of directors, including Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood,...

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