Nancy Utley
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United States
2018

Fox Searchlight

Nancy
Utley

Chairman

A Chicago native with a marketing background, Utley got her start in New York at Grey Advertising before moving into features at 20th Century Fox. She jumped to chairman of Fox Searchlight in 2018 along with longtime partner Stephen Gilula. Together they’ve driven the company’s presence in awards season and at the box office, overseeing a string of hits including “Birdman,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Wild,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” She served as president of marketing at Fox Searchlight and played a crucial role in rescuing “Slumdog Millionaire” from a direct-to-DVD fate — before it won eight Oscars, including best picture. Utley has overseen many of Searchlight’s biggest films, reeling in 117 Oscar nominations.

Career

  • SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Fox Searchlight Promotes Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley to Chairmen

Fox Searchlight Promotes Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley to Chairmen

Twentieth Century Fox Film has re-upped longtime Fox Searchlight toppers Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley to multi-year deals and promoted both from president to chairman.The announcement was made Wednesday by Fox Film CEO and chairman, Stacey Snider, to whom Utley and Gilula will continue to report. They will continue to oversee the specialty film business and also will shepherd a newly created television division. As previously announced, the production duties for Searchlight Television will be overseen by the recently promoted...

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