FRED MOUND, president of distribution for Universal Pictures, has renewed his contract with the studio for an undisclosed number of years.
The deal, described as a “multiyear” pact, comes on the heels of the studio’s impressive $22 million Memorial Day weekend opening of “Casper” on 2,714 screens. Mound will continue to oversee sales and distribution for all Universal releases.
Also at Universal, NIKKI ROCCO has been upped to exec VP of distribution for Universal Pictures, making her the senior-most female distribution exec in the business and marking her continued rise through the distribution ranks.
Rocco has spent the last five years as senior VP of distribution and marketing, having 15 months ago been given additional responsibilities in sales, branch operations, exhibitor relations and national accounting. She has worked for the studio for the past 28 years.
In her new post, the 120 employees of Universal’s feature distribution division and branch offices will report to Rocco. She will also be responsible for all strategic and administrative functions.
Rocco is also highly regarded within the industry and has forged strong relationships with the senior management of MCA Inc.
Rocco will continue to report to Mound.
IRIS GROSSMAN has been tapped VP of talent and casting for Turner Pictures and Turner Network Television, adding responsibilities for Turner Pictures to her duties on TNT’s original films. She will report to Amy Pascal, president of production for Turner Pix, on Turner Pix matters and will continue to report to Allen Sabinson, TNT’s senior VP of original programming, on TNT original projects.
Grossman has been instrumental in bringing to the network such talent as Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley and Diane Keaton.