The Most Influential Players in the Entertainment Business Today

9. Kathleen Kennedy

Fans of Star Wars can appreciate the footprint Kathleen Kennedy has made as president of Lucasfilms. Thanks to her leadership, the sci-fi giant was resurrected with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That film alone generated $2 billion. She made her start as co-founder of Amblin Entertainment with industry players, Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall in 1981 and led a winning streak as producer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park. Kennedy has produced or executive produced over 60 films, which have collectively garnered 120 Academy Award® nominations

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