The Women Behind "Star Wars"
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
From The New York Times:
...As supportive as the studio is of its female staff, there has been outside criticism. “Star Wars” has never had a female director, and this year, at the Academy Awards, where “Rogue One” is up for sound mixing and visual effects Oscars, the faces of the franchise will be mostly male. All six of the nominees are men. In fact, in the 89-year history of the Academy Awards, only three women have ever been nominated for an Oscar in visual effects.
This is a statistic that [Lynwen Brennan, general manager of Lucasfilm] hopes to change. She sees her work as a continuation of George Lucas’s legacy. The high proportion of female executives at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic can be partly attributed to Mr. Lucas, who sold the company to Disney in 2012 but advanced the careers of the women now running it. In Ms. Brennan’s nearly 30 years at the studio, all four of her supervisors have been women. The most recent is Kathleen Kennedy, the prolific Hollywood producer whom Mr. Lucas handpicked to succeed him as president of Lucasfilm.
Ms. Kennedy said there was no excuse for the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry. “There is no doubt that the visual effects community and film industry as a whole need to be more inclusive and equitable,” she acknowledged, adding later, “We are determined to strive every day to build a much more diverse and inclusive company. We will be better for it and the industry will be stronger because of it.”...
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