The Woman Behind The Big Screen
As we celebrate women's history month, we would like to celebrate the woman behind the big screen, Donna Langley. According to Forbes, Ms. Langley is in the top 100 and placed 53rd for most influential women in the country. Donna Langley is responsible for the global creative strategy and business operations for the motion picture group. In this role, she oversees the production, marketing, and distribution of film and television content across Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Focus Features, Universal Pictures International, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Under Langley's strategic vision, Universal has been a consistent leader in the theatrical marketplace. The studio has successfully expanded and reinvigorated its core franchises, including Fast & Furious, DWA's How to Train Your Dragon, Jurassic World, the Bourne series, Pitch Perfect, Illumination's Despicable Me as well as Fifty Shades, Mamma Mia, Ride Along, and The Purge. Through her stewardship in building a franchise business and securing long-term filmmaker partnerships with Amblin Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions, Illumination, and Monkeypaw Productions, she has positioned Universal, an essential content supplier to the broader NBCU portfolio, including Universal Brand Development, Peacock, and Theme Parks. Langley has also distinguished the studio as a creative home to a generation of emerging filmmakers and content creators who champion original and inclusive storytelling.
A passionate advocate for mentorship and female empowerment, Langley is an Ambassador for Vital Voices Global Ambassadors Program and has served on its Board of Directors since 2013. She was also a vital founder of The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Film Mentorship program.