I bet the nerd-boys didn't realize that their beloved Lucas Films, producers of the amazing Star Wars, is run by a girl!
Even if they did, it's probably pretty astounding that George Lucas's Empire is now run by Kathleen Kennedy.
With Academy Award nominations, and being a respected person in the industry, working on films like Jurassic Park, ET, The Sixth Sense, and Back To The Future, she is one of the most celebrated cinema leads of our time, and even rivals the levels of Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, according to LucasFilm's site.
With that in mind, it's time to meet one of the strongest players in the game. Here's 10 reasons why she should be your new hero:
Vanity Fair Calls Her The "Most Powerful Woman In Hollywood"
One of the things they highlight: She does not talk about what it's like to be a female in a male dominated industry. In fact, she lets her resume speak for itself.
Her studio film volume is MASSIVE
According to Fortune, Kennedy has produced 77 movies in a 40 year career. Talk about kicking out the jams!
The First Lead Female Star Wars Film Was Under Her Supervision
We got Star Wars: The Force Awakens under her care at LucasFilm. When George Lucas wanted to meet up over lunch, she had no idea he was going to offer her the position. Vanity Fair states that "She thought he was asking her for suggestions. The job carried tremendous responsibility. Not only would whoever he picked to succeed him inherit the responsibility for all things Star Wars, but he or she would also be running the storied special-effects shop Lucas had created, called Industrial Light & Magic, as well as the Camelot-like postproduction facility, Skywalker Ranch, in the hills of Marin County." She also said that once she told him that she was interested, she "immediately felt this sense of responsibility. And sort of a feeling that I wanted to do this for him as well as myself, because I knew how important it was to him.”
She Wants To Reach Back And Help More Females In The Film Industry
Quoted from IndieWire, Kennedy expresses her intense passion to have a female director on board for Star Wars in the future movies. “'We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do ‘Star Wars,’ they’re set up for success,' Kennedy told Variety.'They’re gigantic films, and you can’t come into them with essentially no experience.'" It's noted in the IndieWire article that there are many females that don't have the proper experience to work on a film that gigantic, because there haven't been the opportunities present, but the studio is still actively looking for talented and hungry directors.
Her Executive Team Is 50% Women
"When you have a balance of men and women, there are all sorts of things that enter into the discussion." The team is able to cover the versatile ground because they have a versatile team. That sort of leadership helps women like the VP of Franchise Marketing Kayleen Walters, who shared "There's a stereotype that when you have too many women in a room, it's going to be catty... It's nothing like that at all here. I call up Rhonda [Hjort, deputy chief counsel] or Lori [Aultman, vp finance] for advice. The more we support each other, the better we all do." This type of teamwork breaks stereotypes, and helps lead to situations like what The Hollywood Reporter calls a "double header" of Rey and Jyn Erso as lead characters in a primarily male dominated lead universe. Kennedy is quoted saying that the trick is the gender balance. "In the creative community, there's no excuse for not making a more equitable environment. It literally comes down to companies that just aren't trying hard enough."
And now, you've got yourself a new role model. And she likes light sabers.
Amy Cooper is the type of journalist that when asked "What do you bring to the table," she replies "I am the table.+