Who is Lynwen Brennan?

Lynwen Brennan is the most likely candidate to replace Kathleen Kennedy in my opinion.

Many of the arguments against Dave Filoni taking over Lucasfilm as a whole, can be applied to Kiri Hart as well.  So I’m skeptical that Kiri Hart may be chosen.  I also think the rumor about Kiri Hart may have been floated to the shill media in an effort to distract attention away from Lynwen Brennan.


Say hello to the new boss, same as the old boss.

Who is Lynwen Brennan? According to Lucasfilm.com:

EVP & General Manager

As General Manager of Lucasfilm, Lynwen Brennan oversees all operational matters for Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, as well as the development and execution of Lucasfilm’s business strategy and implementation of the company vision. Prior to her appointment to General Manager in February 2015, Brennan served as President of ILM for seven years, where she was responsible for all production and business aspects of the company.

As President of ILM, Brennan guided the company through one of its most successful periods. Under her leadership, ILM expanded its global footprint, opening offices in Vancouver, British Columbia, and London; grew its San Francisco studio; and significantly expanded its highly successful Singapore studio.

Prior to her role as President of ILM, Brennan was Executive in Charge of Production at ILM, a position she held for four years. In this role, she oversaw all artistic and production talent at ILM and was responsible for ensuring that productions were efficiently staffed for on-time, on-budget delivery. She played a driving role in the company’s overall portfolio management and was a key member of ILM’s executive staff.

Her career with Lucasfilm started in 1999 with her role as Technical Area Leader for the Computer Graphics Technical Directors. She was promoted a year later to Manager of Production Technical Directors, where she supervised technical directors, sequence supervisors, and assistant technical directors. In April 2002, Brennan was promoted to Director of Digital Artists, a role she held until her promotion to Executive in Charge of Production in 2006.

Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Brennan had 10 years of experience in visual effects software development at companies such as Parallax Software, Avid Technology, and Alias Wavefront.

Brennan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of London.

From Wales Online:

Lynwen Brennan was born in Pembrokeshire. She is now general manager of Lucasfilm and President of Industrial Light and Magic which and has overseen work on huge blockbusters like Black Panther, Jurassic World, The Last Jedi and the latest Star Wars spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Previously I wrote about  Lynwen Brennan’s plan to alter the ratio of men to women at ILM from 75%/25% to 50%/50%, thereby placing 25% of male jobs at ILM in jeopardy.

So we definitely know that her SJW politics are in line with Kathleen Kennedy.

“Kathy’s leadership team has always been 50 percent women because they happen to be the best at their job,” Brennan pointed out. “We haven’t had a quota at that leadership stage, howeverwe are getting a lot more pragmatic and specific about not accepting the level we have regarding women in visual effects and technology.”

“At the moment 75 percent of the people in visual effects are men and that’s unacceptable,” Brennan expressed. “Our ratio at ILM is better than that, but it’s still not enough.”

There’s more from The NY Times:

Women made up just 5 percent of all visual effects supervisors on the 250 top-grossing films in 2014 (the last year for which figures are available), and many teams employed no women artists whatsoever.

 “The first step is for people in leadership to say this is not acceptable,” said Lynwen Brennan, the general manager of Lucasfilm, and the president and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic. (While Industrial Light & Magic was started to generate special effects for “Star Wars,” the visual effects studio is now the largest in the motion picture industry, working not only with Lucasfilm but also with studios across the globe.)

Ms. Brennan is on a self-described “crusade” to remedy the entrenched gender inequality of her industry. To accomplish this she and her team have carefully assessed how promotions are handled, asking why male candidates may be advanced over their female colleagues. To address what she called “false assumptions” that hinder female employees — for instance managers might believe motherhood makes a candidate less able to handle increased responsibility — the studio offers on-site child care and schedule flexibility.

Additionally, Ms. Brennan is concerned about the pipeline of women entering the visual effects field. The industry relies heavily on computer science graduates, yet fewer women are majoring in the subject. According to data collected by the National Science Foundation, 18 percent of computer science bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women in 2014, down from a peak of 37 percent in 1984. To broaden its reach, Industrial Light & Magic is hiring employees from a variety of different backgrounds, while eliminating experience and education requirements for entry-level positions.

From BBC.com:

Quizzed about her experiences of working in a male-dominated industry, she said her “crusade” is to “change the gender imbalance”.

She said that coming from a Welsh matriarchal family it never occurred to her to think about whether she was a woman or a man, and that it was not until she was in higher industry positions she realised “there is a major gender imbalance in the industry – especially within visual effects”.

“Now I’m using my position,” she said.

“We have got a long way to go – we are about 17% in the industry that are in visual effects that are women. But in ILM, in our entry level departments for the past few years, we have been at least 50/50.

“I’ve got hope for the future.”

A feminist crusader; just what today’s race and gender obsessed Lucasfilm needs.

But Lynwen’s obsession to focus on genitalia percentages rather than competencies, might explain why the practical effects in Disney’s Star Wars are on par with the animatronics in your average commercial haunted house.


10 thoughts on “Who is Lynwen Brennan?

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  2. You probably have seen this, but here another female agenda article. So instead of creating good star wars movies certain agendas were more important.



    Consider it a natural outgrowth of a company whose executive team, led by Kathleen Kennedy as president, is more than 50 percent female.

    How did Hollywood’s most storied franchise also become its most prominent champion of female empowerment?

    “Because women are always in story meetings, [no one has] to go, ‘Hey, what would a woman think?’ ”

    Among her [Kennedys] moves: hiring senior vp development Kiri Hart to oversee story across the Star Wars universe and elevating Lynwen Brennan to executive vp and general manager.

    “Our company being global and matrixed — there are so many projects we’re constantly juggling — is tailored to the strengths of female leaders, who are really good multitaskers,” says vp production Janet Lewin.

    “There’s a stereotype that when you have too many women in a room, it’s going to be catty,” says vp franchise marketing Kayleen Walters. “It’s nothing like that at all here. […]


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  5. I work in an industry whose main customer is the US government. It therefore operates under a quota system for hiring engineers and scientists. What that effectively means is that they preferentially hire and promote tech women (and “minorities”) over tech men as a matter of course and have done so for the last 20 years. The equilibrium that has been established in that time is that, in general, the tech women can not compete with the tech men in actual technical jobs. That is simply a fact. So the company established an elite but unpublicized section that does most of the innovative, difficult and cutting edge research and development which is virtually all men with an occasional actually tech talented woman. The rest of the tech women are quickly shuttled into technical paper work, prominent management roles and make work scheduling/book keeping jobs. The result is much higher costs. Since it’s the government, however, it’s swept under the rug. It is this model which is now being forced onto all commercial companies, not just those being impacted by the fact that 53 percent of the electorate are women voters. It will be interesting when this extra “tax” being levied by women rights activists begins impacting commercial ventures and the companies begin failing, particularly in competition with overseas production and innovation.

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    • There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging that men and women have different interests and talents. Sometimes men and women can and do cross over, but not very often, at least not when it’s merit based.


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