Former Searchlight Chief Nancy Utley Enters First-Look Deal With Chernin, Netflix

Nancy Utley, the veteran movie executive who ran Searchlight Pictures, has launched a new content label and secured a first-look arrangement with Chernin Entertainment.Utley’s Lake Ellyn Entertainment will produce film and television for Chernin, whose own first-look pact with Netflix will now include work from Utley.

Jenno Topping, president of film and TV at Chernin, made the announcement on Wednesday.“Nancy is the ultimate executive — smart, savvy, experienced, and kind.

She built Searchlight Pictures into one of the jewels of the film business; a company with an unparalleled record of achievement and a reputation for nurturing the finest filmmakers.

I’m delighted to have her join Jenno and me and the rest of our team,” said Peter Chernin.Under its agreement thus far, Chernin has produced the buzzy “Fear Street” film trilogy — a series of feature films that premiered over a series of weeks — for Netflix.“After decades as a studio executive,

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