Stephen Gilula
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Searchlight Pictures



Last year, after Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water” won four Oscars (including best picture and director) of its 13 nominations, Gilula and longtime production partner Nancy Utley signed multi-year deals with Fox and were co-promoted from president to chairman. This year, their awards season was slightly less spectacular, with their big release “The Favourite” winning a single Oscar (Olivia Colman, best actress) from 10 nominations, but the duo weathered Disney’s 21st Century Fox acquisition with their specialty banner and their jobs intact. On the company’s fall 2019 release slate are “Lucy in the Sky,” a loosely true tale about an astronaut (Natalie Portman) whose life unravels upon her return to earth, and “Jojo Rabbit,” about a German boy whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. As of early 2020, Disney has re-branded the film banner as just “Searchlight Pictures,” dropping the Fox name altogether.


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  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 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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