Hollywood Super-Producer and UArts Alum Ric Kidney Returns to Campus as 'Homecoming & Family Days' Keynote Speaker

Producer of $280 million summer blockbuster 'Salt,' 'Legally Blonde' and other hits to speak as part of wide range of events across campus

October 6, 2010

University of the Arts alumnus and Hollywood film director/producer Ric Kidney '75 (Photography/Film), will be returning to his stomping grounds October 16 to give his perspective on Tinseltown and the exciting and competitive entertainment industry. Kidney will be speaking at the annual Alumni Homecoming & Family Days, being held October 15-16 on the University's Avenue of the Arts campus in Philadelphia.

If there's a big name actor in Hollywood, chances are Kidney has worked with him or her on a major motion picture. Pacino, Willis, Hackman, Stallone, DeNiro, Costner, Smith, Barrymore and Jolie are just a few of the Hollywood "A-Listers" who have acted in films on which Kidney has worked as a producer, director or production manager.

As executive producer, he teamed up most recently with Angelina Jolie on this summer's blockbuster "Salt," which has grossed more than $280 million worldwide.

Prior to "Salt," Kidney, the University's 2003 Silver Star Alumni Award recipient, was executive producer on Eddie Murphy's children's comedy "Imagine That." He also produced the Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated "Six Degrees of Separation" with Will Smith and the Golden Globe-nominated "Legally Blonde" with Reese Witherspoon.

Kidney's other producing credits include "Four Brothers," "Flight of the Phoenix," "The Rundown," "The Recruit," "Life or Something Like It," "D-Tox," "Fear," "A Simple Twist of Fate," "Other People’s Money," "After Dark My Sweet" and "Dad."

His keynote presentation will take place on Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m. at the Levitt Auditorium on the third floor of Gershman Hall, located at 401 South Broad Street.

Above: Kidney walks the red carpet at the "Salt" premiere in Los Angeles.

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