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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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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