Disney Studios Content has announced a change in leadership at Searchlight Pictures as Chairs Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula are leaving the department after more than two exceptional decades at the renowned film studio.
Searchlight veterans Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, longtime directors of production at the studio, have both been promoted to President Searchlight and will jointly lead the company. Greenbaum and Greenfield will report to Alan Bergman, Disney Studios Content Chairman and Alan Horn, Disney Studios Content Chief Creative Officer.
“Thanks to the responsible and unlucky creative instincts of Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, Searchlight has established itself as one of the best film studios in history. We commend and thank them for their incredible leadership role, especially during the Searchlight integration at Disney, ”said Bergman and Horn. “You are leaving the studio in the talented hands of Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, who have been a critical part of Searchlight’s success for many years, and we are confident that they will continue to set a course that will make Searchlight at the forefront of the industry holds. ”
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“Our time at Searchlight was a career highlight that we can only dream of in this business,” said Utley and Gilula. “Over the past 21 years we have had the privilege of building and leading an incredible team, working with brilliant artists, taking creative risks, advocating stories we are passionate about and making iconic films in the process is the test of time consist. We are so proud of how this studio has grown and developed over the years, and we are ready to pass the torch to carry on Searchlight’s legacy. “
“First and foremost, we would like to thank Nancy and Steve for their years of leadership as the most dynamic specialty film company in the world,” said Greenbaum and Greenfield. “While their track record speaks for itself, Steve and Nancy’s passion, intelligence and vision are second to none. The extremely loyal team they have built reflects the honesty, transparency and integrity with which they have led and to which we strive forward. With the foundation they laid and continued support from Alan Bergman, Alan Horn and everyone at Disney, Searchlight is poised for the next exciting chapter. “
In an extended role, Rebecca Kearey will head the areas of Business Operations and International Marketing. Creative executives Katie Goodson-Thomas and DanTram Nguyen will continue their roles in film development and production. All three will report to Greenbaum and Greenfield along with marketing directors Michelle Hooper and Larry Baldauf, acquisition directors Chan Phung, and Searchlight Television directors Gina Kwon and Jennifer Gonsky. The expanded Searchlight executive team also includes Business Director, Paul S. Hoffman, Physical Production Director, Elizabeth Sayre, Music Director, Danielle Diego, Finance Director Marnie Duda, Casting Director Yesi Ramirez, and Media and Media Head of Strategy Rob Wilkinson. Frank Rodriguez continues to lead Searchlight Pictures’ sales as part of DMED’s Platform Distribution business.
Searchlight Pictures is a global specialty film company that develops, produces, finances and acquires films for both global theatrical and streaming releases. The company has its own marketing and sales activities and is part of Walt Disney Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company. Founded in 1994 as Fox Searchlight Pictures, the company has grossed over $ 5 billion worldwide and has won 28 Golden Globe Awards, 49 BAFTA Awards and 40 Academy Awards, including four best picture winners since 2009: Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years Slave, Birdman, and the shape of the water. Upcoming feature films include Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s award-winning Summer Of Soul (… or if the revolution couldn’t be televised), David Bruckner’s The Night House, Michael Showalter’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Scott Coopers Antlers and Guillermo del Toros Nightmare Alley, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, and Taika Waititi’s next goal win. The company owns Searchlight Television, which develops and produces series for streaming, network and cable partners.