Magazine article Variety

Legendary producer now leads Lucasfilm

Magazine article Variety

Legendary producer now leads Lucasfilm

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LIGHT & MAGIC

Hard work and a willingness to change make film pro the Pioneer of the Year at Las Vegas confab

Cinemacon honorée Kathleen Kennedy isn't inclined to analyze her own success, but looking back she sees two keys: hard work and flexibility.

"You have to have a plan," says Kennedy. "You have to have a passion, you have to have a focus on a direction you want to have but at the same time you have to be open to new ideas, new suggestions and different ways to go. You have to be willing to change. I think that's what's great about the movie business, it is changing all the time. I love that part of it."

Kennedy is living proof of her own maxim. She took a part-time job at a TV station while she was still in college, that led to her working as a camera operator for the NFL, producing a talk show and becoming John Milius' assistant. She met Steven Spielberg working on 1941 and within a few years was producing movies alongside Spielberg and George Lucas. …

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