For Donna Langley, career concerns held sway in her life for a long time. So the irony of reaching the top at the moment she began her family is not lost on her."I held off starting my family. I am in my early forties, and I waited, because I was really busy with my career," recalls the co-chairman of Universal Pictures, the mother of a 10-month-old baby and the recipient of the this year's Crystal Award for Excellence in Film....
Respected by filmmakers for her strong story sense and artistic fearlessness, she’s overseen the “Fast & Furious” series, which has grossed more than $5.1 billion, and the five movies in the juggernaut Bourne series. She oversees all aspects of Universal’s production, marketing and distribution operations worldwide, including the studio’s global specialty division, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation, acquired in 2016.
She’s also presided over such diverse hits as “Pitch Perfect,” “Despicable Me,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Ride Along,” “The Purge,” “Les Misérables,” best picture Oscar winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Ray,” “King Kong,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Danish Girl,” “Cinderella Man,” “Seabiscuit,” “Munich,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Knocked Up,” “Bridesmaids,” “Unbroken,” “Trainwreck” and “Straight Outta Compton.”
She’s shepherding the next entries in the blockbuster “Fifty Shades,” “Fast & Furious,” “Insidious” and “Pitch Perfect” series, as well as Universal’s Dark Universe monster movies. She began her career at New Line Cinema, where she served as senior vice president of production before joining Universal in 2001. While at New Line, she worked on the hit Austin Powers franchise.