Stephen Gilula
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Gilula said the big test to see if he and fellow Searchlight chairman Nancy Utley would survive Fox’s 2019 acquisition by Disney is when they screened their movie “Jojo Rabbit,” about a boy in Nazi Germany whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler, and thankfully the top brass approved. It didn’t hurt that their specialty division had won four Oscars (including best picture and director) for “The Shape of Water” and two for best actress for “The Favourite,” starring Olivia Colman, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” with Frances McDormand, over the previous two years. In 2020, “Jojo” won an adapted screenplay Oscar for director Taika Waititi and five other nods, and Searchlight went into awards season with festival favorite “Nomadland,” helmed by Chloé Zhao and starring McDormand.



Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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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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