This came from a response I was going to put in the comments of another thread (hence why someone is being quoted), but I felt it was too long and decided to make it a thread of its own.
Yea let's make Dave Filoni the President of Lucasfilm! A position where he'd have to spend most of his time on the business aspects of things and be less involved in the everyday decisions behind the shows' stories...
The President of LucasFilm did a lot more than make the business decisions, at least before Disney got involved. When George Lucas was the President of LucasFilm, he made the creative decisions as well. However, since Disney bought Star Wars for $4 billion dollars, they needed to maximize the return on their investment, which is why the leadership role became more about maximizing profit.
I personally think that this is the issue. We need someone who has a lot of creative ideas for Star Wars, and Dave Filoni is more than qualified for the role because he has these ideas. If he were the President of LucasFilm, he could shape the direction that Star Wars moves in as a whole, rather than just individuals shows.
Filoni was a director, writer, and executive producer of the Mandalorian tv show. Kathleen Kennedy was only an executive producer. This show single-handidly revived Star Wars. Filoni was also a director, writer, and executive producer of the Clone Wars tv show. Kathleen Kennedy was in none of those roles for this tv show. This was one of the greatest Star Wars tv shows of all time, and each episode used their 30 minutes to explore something new each time. We also got great fight scenes and great new characters.
Yes, Kathleen Kennedy produced movies such as E.T. and the Back to the Future franchise. However, that was a long time ago. The reason why I say "a long time ago" is because "a long time ago" George Lucas gave us the original three movies, however more recently he also decided to give us the first and second movies.
Weird how people love to hate on Kathleen Kennedy for the sequels while ignoring the fact that she's a producer of every live action Star Wars media since the Disney acquisition...which includes The Mandalorian...
The reason why a lot of people don't want her to be the President of LucasFilm is because ever since Disney got involved in Star Wars, things went very far downhill:
- First, we got The Force Awakens, which was a great movie, it's just that it was an almost exact copy of the 4th movie. It heavily relied on nostalgia, and did not try anything new.
- Then we got The Last Jedi, which was in my opinion the worst Star Wars film to date. The plot was all over the place, several of the characters (all of whom we were supposed to root for) were very unlikable for many, Luke's character was ruined, etc etc.
- Then we got Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was absolutely awful. We didn't need to know about how Han and Chewy met. It wasn't important, and knowing to much can take away from a character. For instance, they ruined Lando's character, specifically with the dialogue about how he has a very... loving relationship with his droid.
- Then we got The Rise of Skywalker, which tried to fix the damage the Last Jedi did to Star Wars media, however it failed and only created more plotholes and problems than it fixed. They also brought back Palpatine, however they did not understand his character and made him more of a Marvel villain than the clever and manipulative sith lord that he was in the prequels and originals.
The only good things, in my opinion, that have come from LucasFilm since Disney took over are Rogue One, The Force Awakens (although it was very unoriginal), and The Mandalorian. I know I keep referencing Disney instead of Kathleen Kennedy, however given that she directly represents Star Wars on Disney's behalf since she is the President of LucasFilm, she is just as liable.