Langley will be honored at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive,” Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said in a statement on Wednesday. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built her studio into a home for smart, talented, passionate filmmakers — especially for those who color outside the lines or don’t fit into Hollywood’s usual boxes. Donna has redefined the job for a rising generation of creative execs, and we’re privileged to honor her at the Producers Guild Awards.”
Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing, Ron Meyer, Alan Horn, Bob Iger, Jim Gianopulos, and, most recently, Tom Rothman.
“The Producers Guild of America champions what is lifeblood to so many of us — visionary storytelling, fearless creativity, and global filmmaking,” Langley said. “On behalf of the brilliant team at Universal, I want to thank its members for recognizing our work with this prestigious honor.”
Langley has been chairman of Universal Pictures since 2013. She oversees all aspects of Universal’s production, marketing, and distribution operations worldwide, including Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, and the Global Talent Development and Inclusion divisions.
In 2017, Universal crossed $4 billion at the worldwide box office for the second time, becoming the first studio to hit that milestone this year, thanks to “The Fate of the Furious,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” and Blumhouse’s “Get Out” and “Split.” In 2015, Universal also became the first studio ever to have three films hit $1 billion at the global box office, with “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” and Illumination’s “Minions.”
Langley joined Universal in 2001 after starting her career at New Line Cinema. She was also honored with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s pioneer of the year award in 2016.
Langley is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She serves on the board of trustees for the American Film Institute.