Donna Langley
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Universal Pictures



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.


  • Universal Pictures


  • Kent College (UK)

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Donna Langley on Universal Success and the 'Fate of the Movie Gods'

Donna Langley on Universal Success and the 'Fate of the Movie Gods'

Universal keeps outdoing itself under Donna Langley’s watch.Last year was its most profitable yet, boasting tentpole successes including “Despicable Me 3” and “The Fate of the Furious,” as well as such breakout hits as “Get Out” and “Girls Trip.” Its first quarter was its best ever, setting the momentum for the rest of 2017. All told, the studio crossed $5 billion worldwide at the box office, its second time ever, during a year in which box office was down industry...


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