Kathleen Kennedy is an American film producer, who co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg, and her husband, Frank Marshall, before leaving with him to form their own film company The Kennedy/Marshall Company. Before stepping down from the company in May 2012, She was best known back then for producing films for Spielberg, like his 1982 hit, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park.
For Disney she worked as a producer for films, such as the 1988 award-winning film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Arachnophobia, Noises Off, A Far Off Place, The Young Black Stallion, War Horse, and Lincoln. Kennedy and her husband were also producers for the English versions of three Studio Ghibli animated features, Ponyo released in 2009, The Secret World of Arrietty released in 2012, and The Wind Rises in 2014.
In June 2012, Kennedy was named co-chair of Lucasfilm Ltd. alongside George Lucas, whose role was eventually succeeded to Kennedy. Once the acquisition of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company was complete in October, she was promoted to president as Lucas retired. Additionally, she serves as the brand manager for the Star Wars franchise, working directly with Disney's global lines of distribution channels to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Kennedy also serves as executive producer on the Star Wars sequel trilogy, starting with The Force Awakens in 2015 as well as all films in the Star Wars Anthology Series.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (executive producer)
- Tummy Trouble (1989) (executive producer)
- Arachnophobia (1990) (producer)
- A Far Off Place (1993) (executive producer)
- Trail Mix-Up (1993) (executive producer)
- The Sixth Sense (1999) (producer)
- Signs (2002) (executive producer)
- The Young Black Stallion (2003) (executive producer)
- Ponyo (2009) (U.S. version co-producer)
- War Horse (2011) (producer)
- The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) (U.S. version executive producer)
- Lincoln (2012) (producer)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (producer)
- The BFG (2016) (executive producer)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (producer)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) (producer)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) (producer)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) (producer)
- Untitled Indiana Jones fifth film (2023) (producer)
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (2023) (producer)