Six-time Academy Award nominated Kathleen Kennedy is one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today. As a testament to her standing in the film community, she previously held the position of governor and officer of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and currently serves as a member of the board of trustees. Among her credits are three of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, JURASSIC PARK, and THE SIXTH SENSE.
Kennedy heads The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall. The Company is currently in pre-production on Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, to be released in 2012. To be released in late 2011 is the animated feature THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, another Kennedy/Marshall and Spielberg collaboration, this time with the added producing talents of Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson. The film is based on the iconic character created by Belgian artist Georges Remi, better known to the world by his pen name Hergé. Also in 2011, Kennedy/Marshall debuts another Spielberg helmed film, WAR HORSE, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, A theatrical adaptation of Morpurgo’s novel is currently running in both London’s West End and on Broadway; the New York show recently won 6 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Direction of a play.
In 2010, Kennedy/Marshall produced Clint Eastwood’s HEREAFTER, a somber look at life and death and what lies beyond, starring Matt Damon. In recent years the Company has produced THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, an epic love story written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, and THE SPIDER CHRONICLES, based on the popular children’s books about the unseen world of fairies. Kennedy also executive produced (with George Lucas) the long awaited fourth installment of Indian Jones series, INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Frank Marshall.
Under the Kennedy/Marshall banner the company has produced such films as THE SIXTH SENSE, (six Academy Award nominations including best picture), SEABISCUIT (seven academy award nominations including best picture), SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, and THE BOURNE series, which collectively reinvented the spy thriller. With the 2007 release of THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, the films became the only motion picture series to demonstrate a consistent upward trend in both box office and DVD sales. That same year saw the release of the indie hits PERSEPOLIS (Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature) and THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (Golden Globe winner for best foreign Language Film and Best Director).