Searchlight Pictures chairs Nancy Utley, Steve Gilula retire

Veteran movie executives Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula who in their two many years at Searchlight Photos oversaw the releases of main hits together with “Juno,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Little Pass up Sunshine” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are retiring.

Disney Studios Material said Tuesday that Searchlight’s longtime heads of production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum will now jointly operate the enterprise as co-presidents. It is the newest leadership shakeup in the aged Fox ranks since The Walt Disney Co.’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox property in March 2019.

“Thanks to the stewardship and pitch-ideal inventive instincts of Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, Searchlight has cemented alone as one of the very best film studios in background, and we commend and thank them for their amazing management, especially during the integration of Searchlight at Disney,” reported Disney Studios Information leaders Alan Bergman and Alan Horn in a joint statement.


“They are leaving the studio in the proficient hands of Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, who have been a critical portion of Searchlight’s achievement more than several many years and we’re confident they will keep on to established a study course that retains Searchlight on the industry’s leading edge.”

Having served in management roles at Fox Searchlight considering that 1999, Utley and Gilula were named co-presidents of the studio in 2009 and co-chairmen in 2018. They then produced the transition to Disney, both as chairmen of the renamed Searchlight Studios.

Underneath their lead, Searchlight Shots became a powerhouse at the Oscars. Because 2009, the firm’s movies have acquired 40 Academy Awards and four most effective image wins for “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Decades a Slave,” “Birdman” and “The Form of Drinking water.”

This calendar year was to be no diverse for Searchlight, whose “Nomandland” is intensely favored to win the prime prizes at the Oscars Sunday night.


“Our time at Searchlight has been the type of career emphasize a single can only dream of in this enterprise,” reported Utley and Gilula in a statement. “Over the past 21 years, we have had the privilege to construct and direct an incredible group, and perform with brilliant artists, to acquire innovative challenges, winner tales we’re passionate about, and, along the way, make iconic films that will stand the test of time. We’re so very pleased of how this studio has developed and evolved over the decades, and we’re completely ready to go the torch to carry on the Searchlight legacy.”

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