Warner Bros. Head of Casting Lora Kennedy Exits Studio

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Lora Kennedy

Her credits include 'Wonder Woman' and 'Argo.'

Lora Kennedy, the head of casting at Warner Bros., is exiting the studio.

The announcement was made Thursday by Warner Bros. president of production Courtenay Valenti in a memo to staff. "Lora and I have worked together for more than 20 years, and I’ve admired her talent and valued her partnership on so many films. Our films are all the better because of Lora’s work on them," she wrote.

Kennedy has been with the studio for two decades, amassing credits that include Argo, Syriana and The Town, as well as DC features Man of Steel, Wonder Woman and Justice League.

Read Valenti's full memo, below. 

Dear All:

I wanted to let you know that Lora Kennedy, who has headed up our casting team for almost 20 years and been an integral part of the Warner Bros. Pictures family, will be leaving her post in the coming weeks. As she segues into new creative ventures, we look forward to continuing to work with her.

Lora has worked on so many of our iconic films, her work reads like a catalog of Warner Bros.’ greatest hits. She personally handled the casting for Syriana, The Town, Argo (for which she won an Artios Award and a SAG Award for best ensemble cast), Cloud Atlas, Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and Justice League.

As the head of our casting department, she also oversaw the casting of such films as the Harry Potter films, the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, the Sherlock Holmes movies, the Hangover trilogy, Gravity, The Departed, Mad Max: Fury Road, Suicide Squad, the first two Fantastic Beasts films and Ready Player One as well as the upcoming Ocean’s 8, Aquaman and Goldfinch. And those are just the highlights.

Her groundbreaking work in casting has been widely recognized by her peers — Lora received the Artios Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 — and by the industry at large for her key role in forming the casting branch of the Academy, for which she now serves as a Governor.

On a personal note, Lora and I have worked together for more than 20 years, and I’ve admired her talent and valued her partnership on so many films. Our films are all the better because of Lora’s work on them.

While I will miss her in our daily staff meetings, I look forward to benefitting from her amazing taste on the movies on which we will work together going forward.

Please join me in wishing Lora all the best as she starts her next chapter.

Best regards,

Courtenay