Donna Langley
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United Kingdom
2018

Universal Pictures

Donna
Langley

Chairman

Respected for her artistic fearlessness, Langley has overseen the “Fast & Furious” series, which has grossed more than $5.1 billion, the “Despicable Me” franchise and the “Bourne” juggernaut. At the company since 2001, she now oversees Universal production, marketing and distribution operations worldwide, including the global specialty division, Focus Features, and DreamWorks Animation, acquired in 2016. Her 2018 has been mighty, with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and “The First Purge.” Currently out is the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” a likely Oscar contender, animated holiday take “The Grinch” and the civil rights drama “The Green Book.” Before Universal, she was senior VP of production at New Line Cinema.

Career

  • JURASSIC WORLD
  • DESPICABLE ME
  • THE PURGE

Education

  • Kent College (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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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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