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would have an opportunity to work with Lonergan as a producer on the film Manchester by the Sea. After graduating from Lafayette College where he earned a B.A. in Economics & Business and Spanish, Kevin moved to New York where he got his first big break as an assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Tommy Mottola. After being promoted to production coordinator, Kevin helped oversee the production of albums for Mottola's key artists. "Tommy gave me great perspective on how a global entertainment company works, and it was a huge learning opportunity," he says. While working in New York, Kevin would use his vacation time to travel to Los Angeles to take any meetings he could get in the film busi- ness. On his trips, he reconnected with two Wellesley friends — Dave Collard, a screenwriter, and Jay Harrington, an actor — and slept on their couch in their Santa Monica apartment. After an executive at Sony rec- ommended Kevin meet Academy Award winning producer Scott Rudin, Kevin's career really took off. As an assistant to Rudin, he was able to learn the craft of producing first-hand, working on seven different films including The Hours and The Royal Tenenbaums. He also got a chance to work as an assistant director under Steven Spielberg on three different films including War of the Worlds, and achieved success as a screenwriter. When the rights to the screenplay The Way, Way Back became available in 2012, Kevin took on the role of producer for the first time. He soon realized this was what he was meant to do, and he's never looked back. Today, as the newly recruited president of Scott Free Productions, Ridley Scott's produc- tion company, Kevin finds movie ideas and works with writers to develop the scripts. "I'm involved in every phase of the movie-making process. I have to wear a lot of hats, but that's one of the reasons I love doing this," he says. "The most challenging thing is finding a good piece of material. When a screenplay makes me THE OSCAR-NOMINATED producer of Manchester by the Sea went to St. John's and Wellesley Middle School (WMS) and graduated from Belmont Hill School in 1993. As a kid, Kevin played pond hockey, foot- ball, and baseball with his older brother, Bobby, and his friends. At WMS, one of his teachers showed the class Cool Hand Luke. Afterwards, Kevin says, "we pulled the movie apart. I'd never studied a movie that way before, and it was the first time I realized people actually made movies for a job." Growing up, he loved James Bond films, Jaws, The Goonies, and the Star Wars films. But as his taste matured, he was drawn to movies with more realistic, flawed human characters, like in Kenneth Lonergan's debut film, You Can Count on Me, nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay in 2000. Little did he know that 15 years later he Kevin Walsh F I L M P R O D U C E R top: Kevin on Oscar night, 2017; bottom left: Kevin (left) and his family at the 2017 Oscars; bottom right: Kevin Walsh (left), Dave Collard, and Dave's wife, Anne, at the premiere of The Way, Way Back 128 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Wellesley West

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