Kathleen Kennedy Named Board Chair of AFI
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s amazing resume keeps getting better and better.
Yesterday, June 6, the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees elected Kennedy as Chair.
In her new post, Kennedy will “set the Institute’s priorities and guide its national education programs.”
Kathleen Kennedy to Lead AFI Board
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) June 7, 2019
“It is a distinct honor to be elected as chair of the AFI Board of Trustees,” said Kennedy in a statement. “AFI’s commitment to the power of storytelling — coupled with its profound respect for the past — is an inspiration in our modern day
“I look forward to working with the Trustees and the incomparable Bob Daly; with the goal to shine an even greater light upon the impact these stories have in our nation and around the world.”
Kennedy Succeeds Stringer
Lucasfilm’s Kennedy succeeds Sir Howard Stringer. He acted as Board Chair since 1999.
“More than 50 years ago, the AFI was created to advance and elevate the art of film,” said Stringer. “It has been my privilege to uphold that mission for two decades
“I pass the torch to Kathleen Kennedy with great confidence,” added Stringer. “She is a visionary who has not only long served as an AFI Trustee, but will also lead the Institute into the future with her signature taste, talent, and intellect.”
just a reminder that kathleen kennedy produced ET when she was 29 years old. it was the no. 1 highest grossing movie of all time for more than a decade until it was dethroned by JURASSIC PARK, which she also produced.
👑 happy birthday, queen. 👑 pic.twitter.com/Dym3sGLF8m
— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) June 5, 2019
Meanwhile, Kennedy, an eight-time Oscar nominee, continues to add accolades to her historic career. Deadline reported:
She joined Lucasfilm in 2012, personally selected by George Lucas to lead the company. Kennedy has produced or executive-produced nearly 100 films. Among her credits are many of the highest-grossing films in motion picture history. Those include the recent Star Wars entries, Jurassic Park, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, and many others.
happy birthday to kathleen kennedy whose idea it was to cast adam as kylo pic.twitter.com/i30YCaIPEn
— Seth Bazekowitz (@lordsoftheseth) June 5, 2019
Finally, Kennedy’s next big film hits theaters later this year, when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuts on December 20.
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