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.
Who is Lynwen Brennan? According to Lucasfilm.com:
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.
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.”
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.
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”.
“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.
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.