Stacey Snider Joins 20th Century Fox Film As Co-Chairman Of The Studio

Los Angeles, CA – November 03, 2014 – Twentieth Century Fox Film chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos announced today that Stacey Snider has joined the company as co-chairman of the film studio. In her role, Snider, who will report to Gianopulos, will oversee all production and development activities for Twentieth Century Fox (TCF), Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, Fox International Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures. She and Gianopulos will jointly oversee the studio’s global theatrical marketing and distribution. Elizabeth Gabler will continue to oversee productions under her Fox 2000 Pictures banner, and, along with the remaining functions of the studio, will continue to report to Gianopulos. 

“We are very fortunate to have such a proven and brilliant executive as Stacey joining us in this key role,” said Jim Gianopulos. “Having known her for years both professionally and as a friend, I know she will fit in perfectly with our culture and the talented leaders in key positions throughout the company as we embark on continued success and further expansion of our global businesses.” 

Snider joins Fox after eight years as CEO and co-chairman of DreamWorks Studios, where she was a partner with Steven Spielberg. Snider oversaw creative and financial aspects of all film development and production for the studio including a wide range of commercially successful and critically acclaimed films like Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, both nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.  Other high profile releases included Dreamgirls, which garnered eight Academy Award nominations, Tropic Thunder, Transformers, Eagle Eye and the musical Sweeney Todd, nominated for three Oscars. The company’s recent releases include The Hundred-Foot Journey, the Academy Award-nominated War Horse and the Academy Award-winning films The Help and Lincoln, co-produced with 20th Century Fox and directed by Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th President of the United States. 

“Jim Gianopulos has assembled the finest group of executives and filmmakers in the business; and they’re producing impactful, culturally relevant films.” Stacey Snider said, “I’m excited and privileged to join them in their pursuit of excellence.

Prior to joining DreamWorks in 2006, Snider served as chairman of Universal Pictures, where, during her tenure running the studio she experienced notable success with a consistent output of films that were global box-office hits, while garnering wide critical praise.  Some of the franchises she originated and oversaw include The Bourne series, The Mummy series, the American Pie series, The Fast and the Furious series, and Meet the Parents series.  Erin Brockovich, A Beautiful Mind, Seabiscuit, Ray, Lost in Translation, and Brokeback Mountain were among the films that won critical and Academy Award recognition.

Before she came to Universal, Snider was president of TriStar Pictures, where she worked on such films as Jerry Maguire, Sleepless in Seattle, As Good As It Gets and Philadelphia.  She came to Tri-Star following her position as executive vice president of Guber Peters Entertainment.

Fox is having a record-breaking year at the worldwide box office in 2014. Since the start of the year, the studio has released a series of hit films, which have resulted in the biggest box office year in Fox’s history. The studio is currently the global box office market leader with more than $4.8 billion in global box office receipts, reflecting the diversity of its various production divisions.

Emma Watts, who spearheads production at Twentieth Century Fox (TCF), was responsible for a series of recent hits, including Gone Girl, The Maze Runner, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Other Woman.

Vanessa Morrison oversees Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios. She has overseen the animation divisions since 2007 and during her tenure, Blue Sky has produced several record-breaking animated films, including Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift and two RIO movies, including the 2014 hit, RIO 2. 

Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley run Fox Searchlight Pictures, the most successful specialized film company in the industry. Searchlight most recently released the critically acclaimed Birdman. Since they took over the division in 2009, Utley and Gilula have guided such films as 12 Years a Slave, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Black Swan, Crazy Heart, Beasts of the Southern Wildand The Way, Way Back into box office and critical successes. Claudia Lewis oversees in-house production for the division, which produced The Descendants and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, among many other films. 

Sanford Panitch runs the local language division, Fox International Productions, which he pioneered six years ago and since then has built FIP into the industry leader. FIP has produced, acquired and distributed films in 12 different countries for a global box office to date of more than $855 million. 

Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000 Pictures produces a wide array of films, often based on literary material. Among the many notable pictures she has overseen at Fox 2000 is this summer’s worldwide phenomenon The Fault in Our Stars, as well as the recent Academy Award winner Life of Pi and the critically acclaimed The Book Thief.

About 20th Century Fox Film:

One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.


Chris Petrikin

Chief Communications Officer

20th Century Fox