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Friday, 28 September 2018

Kathleen Kennedy Extends Lucasfilm Contract

The Force Is Strong With Kathleen Kennedy.

The lead producer and architect of the Star Wars franchise has renewed her contract to remain president of Lucasfilm for another three years through 2021.

This move show's a vote of confidence in Kennedy, who took command of Lucasfilm following Disney's $4-Billion acquisition from George Lucas in 2012. Since then, she has relaunched the brand on the big screen beginning in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Since then, the House Of Mouse has grossed over $4.5-Billion worldwide thanks to their four Star Wars movies - the most recent of which arrived in May with Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Kennedy's deal extension may come as a surprise following the disappointing box office numbers generated by Solo: A Star Wars Story and the polarizing views on last year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but clearly the higher-ups at Disney are pleased with what she's been doing.

Kathleen Kennedy got her break in Hollywood working as an assistant to writer John Milius and then Steven Spielberg. She co-founded Amblin Entertainment and amassed a producing career that included such classic blockbusters as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Back To The Future, Jurassic Park,  Schindler's List and Lincoln among others.

She will receive the Irving G. Thalberg Award along with producer husband Frank Marshall, on November 10th at the 10th annual Governors Awards.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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