Donna Langley
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United Kingdom
2023

NBCUniversal

Donna
Langley

Chairman, Studio Group / Chief Content Officer

Longtime Universal film chief Langley was given the top content job at NBCUniversal this year, becoming head of a new unified strategy across brands that combined the company’s film and TV studios under one leader. Along with her existing oversight of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation), she added the TV-focused Universal Studio Group (Universal Television, Universal Content Productions, Universal Television Alternative Studios, Universal International Studios). Her purview had been expanded in a larger reshuffle at NBCUniversal under new Comcast president Mike Cavanagh, who consolidated power to four key execs: Langley (TV, film and streaming content), Mark Lazarus (TV and streaming business ops, advertising and distribution), Cesar Conde (news) and Mark Woodbury (theme parks). Langley’s first big task was shaping a companywide content release plan amid Hollywood’s writers and actors strikes. 

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2022 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Donna Langley Quotes Viola Davis While Discussing Her Status as One of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Execs: ‘I Hope My Ceiling Is Somebody Else’s Floor’

Donna Langley Quotes Viola Davis While Discussing Her Status as One of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Execs: ‘I Hope My Ceiling Is Somebody Else’s Floor’

The first time Donna Langley came to the Cannes Film Festival she was a junior executive working on 1999's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." "I had just been promoted and I was fortunate enough to get picked to come on this trip to be part of the support team, and it was great! It was very different to this experience, I will say," Langley said, eliciting a laugh from the well-heeled crowd at the Kering Women in Motion...

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