Islander Donna Langley has become one of Hollywood’s leading lights with her new top job.
A FORMER Islander has become the boss of one of the biggest film studios in the world.
Donna Langley, 45, a former Lake Middle and Carisbrooke High School pupil, has been promoted to chairman of Universal Pictures.
Speaking yesterday (Thursday), her proud parents, Ann and John, who still live in Newport, said their daughter had made it on her own talent and ability.
Ann said: "We are so pleased for her. This is what she has been working towards."
Donna, who was on the Island this summer at a family wedding, has been with Universal since 2001.
She started as senior vice-president of production and rose through the ranks to president of production, before her promotion to co-chairman in 2009.
Under her leadership in 2012, Universal had its highest grossing year at the worldwide box office in the company’s 100-year history.
She has been the driving force behind some of the studio’s biggest hits, including Les Miserables, Ted, Mamma Mia!, The Fast and Furious, Bourne and American Pie franchises. She is working on a film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Donna, who moved to Hollywood 22 years ago and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons, began her career at New Line Cinema, where she served as senior vice-president of production, before joining Universal.