Stephen Gilula
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United States

Fox Searchlight



The Hollywood veteran was bumped to Fox Searchlight chairman in July 2018, along with Nancy Utley, and he has overseen many of the label’s most acclaimed films. The division’s head of distribution since 2000, Gilula became president in 2009 and managed production, acquisitions, marketing and distribution. Fox Searchlight led the 2018 Oscars with a total of 20 noms for “The Shape of Water” (it nabbed four, including best picture) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won two. Earlier, Gilula was president and CEO of Landmark Theatres, which he co-founded in 1974. He spent five years on the National Association of Theatre Owners board and oversaw the expansion of Sho-West (now CinemaCon) into the world’s largest convention of theater owners.


  • Landmark Theatres
  • United Artists Theatres

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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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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