Kathleen Kennedy
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Lucasfilm Limited



The “Star Wars” franchise is still going at hyperspeed on Disney Plus, with a third season of “The Mandalorian” in the works following the second’s premiere in October 2020, the animated show “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” and an Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor tentatively set for 2021. Still, Lucasfilm chief Kennedy has been reevaluating its direction on the big screen in the wake of a pandemic-mandated delay in production that pushed the release dates of the next three films back a year each, with the first arriving in 2023. No matter what happens, her legacy is secure, with eight Oscar nominations for best picture and producer credits on films that have grossed more than $7.5 billion worldwide, including billion-plus grosser “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (2019).


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


  • San Diego State University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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