Universal Pictures has exercised its option to extend Donna Langley’s contract a year early, as expected. Under her new deal, Langley will continue as co-chairman through 2014.
She’ll report to chairman Adam Fogel-son, whose own deal was extended through 2014 earlier this month.
Langley will continue to serve as a key strategic business partner overseeing the company’s production department, Focus Features and the studio’s worldwide acquisitions efforts. Langley has served as co-chairman since October 2009.
Sources said once Fogel-son’s deal was made official, Langley’s would follow.
The contract extensions suggest that new owner Comcast has confidence in the current film regime.
Earlier this year, after several films were put into turnaround, rumors spread that Comcast might be making changes at the top. That speculation died down, and after seeing a string of hits and a contract extension for Ron Meyer, it’s become clear Comcast is satisfied with the current team.
After tallying B.O. hits like “Hop,” “Fast Five” and “Bridesmaids,” U is expected to have an even bigger 2012 with tentpoles like “Battleship” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
With such large-scale projects on the horizon, the studio has been firming up its leadership team.
In August, Universal tapped Josh Goldstine as prexy of marketing and recently hired Peter Kujawski as exec VP of worldwide acquisitions.