Nancy Utley
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United States



At the beginning of 2020, Disney dropped the “Fox” from Fox Searchlight, but Utley and fellow chairman Stephen Gilula remained at the helm of the specialty division, whose films had grossed more than $5 billion and won 38 Academy Awards from 148 nominations since the two of them took charge in 2009. The following February, Searchlight added to that haul when its film “Jojo Rabbit” brought home a best adapted screenplay Oscar for writer-director Taika Waititi, capping a remarkable hot streak for Searchlight, which over the previous two years won back-to-back best actress Oscars for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Frances McDormand) and “The Favourite” (Olivia Colman) and best picture for “The Shape of Water.” As 2020 closes, the prodco is in contention anew with Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” set to release in February 2021 and also starring McDormand.




  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Searchlight Pictures Co-Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula to Step Down

Searchlight Pictures Co-Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula to Step Down

Indie film stalwarts Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula are retiring as co-chairmen of Searchlight Pictures.The longtime executives and producers behind the unit, formerly Fox Searchlight, will be replaced by executives David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield. Utley and Gilula each served more than two decades at the label, offering consistency and prestige cinema through ownership changes and market transformation. The news comes as Searchlight's "Nomadland" is heavily tipped to win Best Picture at this Sunday's Oscars.Greenbaum and Greenfield, equally long-serving heads...


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