Donna Langley to remain co-chairman of Universal through 2014
The expected move comes just a week after the contract of Langley's boss, chairman Adam Fogelson, was extended through 2014 as well. Both executives' contracts had been set to end in 2012.
Universal Studios president Ron Meyer, who oversees the film studio and theme parks, in the spring had his contract extended through 2015. The trio's lengthened contracts represent a vote of confidence in their performance and upcoming slate by Comcast Corp., which acquired the studio's parent company NBC Universal early this year.
The pair were named to the top spots at Universal in late 2009 following a dismal run for the studio. Its box office troubles continued through early this year. A slate of movies greenlighted by Fogelson and Langley has seen stronger, if still mixed, results this summer, with hits like "Fast Five" and "Bridesmaids" coming alongside disappointments including "Cowboys and Aliens" and "The Change-Up."
Next year Universal has several big budget bets coming including an adapatation of the board game "Battleship," fairy tale twist "Snow White and the Huntsman," and 3-D action movie "47 Ronin" starring Keanu Reeves.
Langley, Universal's former president of production, oversees production and acquisitions as well as the studio's specialty films unit Focus Features.
-- Ben Fritz
Photo: Donna Langley, center, with Jason Bateman left, and Ryan Reynolds at the premiere of "The Change-Up" in August. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.