Nancy Utley
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight
United States
2019

Searchlight Pictures

Nancy
Utley

Chairman

While many major studio specialty-film divisions have faded to black, Fox Searchlight has continued to thrive under the leadership of Utley, a onetime journalism major and ad exec, and longtime production partner Stephen Gilula. Since 2009, the shingle’s films have grossed more than $5 billion and won 38 of its 148 Oscar nominations, Last year, the studio nabbed four Oscars for “The Shape of Water,” including best picture, and two for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” including best actress for Frances McDormand. This year, it scored another best actress Oscar, for Olivia Colman in “The Favourite,” and acquired hot properties including Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” and “Nomadland,” also starring McDormand, to add to its productions “Lucy in the Sky” and “Jojo Rabbit.” As of early 2020, Disney has re-branded the film banner as just “Searchlight Pictures,” dropping the Fox name altogether.

Career

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

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Laura Dern Presents Lupus LA Award to Fox Searchlight's Nancy Utley

Laura Dern Presents Lupus LA Award to Fox Searchlight's Nancy Utley

Lupus LA honored Fox Searchlight co-president Nancy Utley at its annual Orange Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Thursday night.The Beverly Hills ballroom had a central dance floor with the woman of the hour, Utley, cutting a rug as the band played a wide range of renditions from The Jackson 5 to Ed Sheeran to Bruno Mars.Utley admitted that she was initially hesitant to be honored, but went on to say that "this organization is trying to make sure that every...

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