Alden tapped for U development

Lisa Alden, a former VP for Lynda Obst Prods., has been named director of development for Universal Pictures.

Alden will secure projects and scripts for the studio to produce. She reports to Kate Barker, exec VP of production.

Alden was with Obst Prods. for three years, working on such pics as “One Fine Day” and “Contact.” She also helped set up “Hope Floats,” which is currently shooting with Sandra Bullock under Forest Whitaker’s direction.

Before Obst, Alden worked for David Permut’s production company on “Face/Off.”

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