Donna langley

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) is honouring Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley with its 2018 Milestone Award.

Langley will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac on January 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

The Milestone Award is the PGA’s highest honour and recognises “an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.”

Prior recipients include Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing, Ron Meyer, Alan Horn, Bob Iger, Jim Gianopulos, and 2017 recipient Tom Rothman.

Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said: “Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive.

“Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built her studio into a home for smart, talented, passionate filmmakers – especially for those who colour outside the lines or don’t fit into Hollywood’s usual boxes. Donna has redefined the job for a rising generation of creative execs, and we’re privileged to honour her at the Producers Guild Awards.”

“The Producers Guild Of America champions what is lifeblood to so many of us – visionary storytelling, fearless creativity and global filmmaking,” Langley said. “On behalf of the brilliant team at Universal, I want to thank its members for recognising our work with this prestigious honour.”

Langley has held the role of chairman since September 2013 and oversees all aspects of production, marketing and distribution operations worldwide, including Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation and the studio’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion division.

Earlier this year Universal crossed $4bn at the worldwide box office for the second time in its 105-year history. The studio also recorded its best first quarter this year, when releases includes Get Out, Split, and Fifty Shades Darker.

Films under her 16-year tenure at Universal include the Fast And Furious, Pitch Perfect and Jason Bourne series, Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise, The Secret Life Of Pets, and the Fifty Shades films.