Proving to be an excellent role model, Donna Langley, 41, who grew up on the Isle of Wight, has been named co-chair of Universal Pictures.
Previously head of production at the studio, Donna will be two-handing it with Adam Fogelson who was previously in charge of marketing there.
It’s understood that she will be the first British woman to run a Hollywood studio.
Looks like she’s going to be having a busy time. Not only will she continue to oversee all production, as per her previous roles, but she will also assume responsibility for Focus Features and Working Title films.
While she’s taking over now, trade publication, the Hollywood Reporter, thinks that it will be 2011 before the new teams efforts will start showing.
Donna is clearly a big hitter, the Hollywood Reporter has this summary of her career.
Langley came to Uni from New Line in 2001 as senior vp production. She became production president in 2005 and is credited with playing key roles in attracting filmmakers such as Michael Mann and Clint Eastwood as well as nurturing talents including writer/director Judd Apatow.
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If you read this Donna, do give us a buzz, we’d love to have a chat. The same goes for anyone else who knew her on the Island while she was growing up.