Donna Langley
Courtesy of NBCUniversal
United Kingdom
2021

Universal Pictures

Donna
Langley

Chairman, Filmed Entertainment Group

Langley scored a major coup in 2021 when she lured Christopher Nolan to Universal from longtime home Warner Bros., which had angered the filmmaker by releasing its theatrical features day-and-date on HBO Max. The drawing card was Langley’s promise to give Nolan’s next film, a bio-drama about “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer, an exclusive 100-day theatrical release window. Universal has done its share of simultaneous releases in theaters and on streamer Peacock, including the horror hit “Halloween Kills.” But Langley has said they’ll be doing less “stunting” and giving Peacock more exclusive original features. Ahead are “Jurassic World: Dominion” and a trilogy of “Exorcist” sequels with Blumhouse and Morgan Creek, budgeted at $400 million.

Career

  • TROLLS WORLD TOUR
  • FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW
  • GREEN BOOK

Education

  • Kent College (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 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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