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Parent’s new ‘hood: U prod’n

Mary Parent, the New Line Cinema VP who oversaw the dramatic actioner hit “Set It Off,” is expected to move to Universal Pictures as a senior VP of production, sources said Thursday.

The official move is tentatively set for within the month, but the paperwork has yet to be finalized. Parent and U execs had no comment on the switch.

At U, she will bring in projects and develop material for production. She will report to prexy of production Marc Platt.

On the U senior exec staff, she joins co-prexy of production Stacey Snider, exec VPs Kevin Misher and Kate Barker, senior VPs Diane Cairns, Allison Brecker, Scott Stuber and Leonard Kornberg.

Parent has been with New Line for three years, jumping quickly from creative exec to director of development to VP.

Her biggest triumph came with the F. Gary Gray-directed “Set It Off,” which grossed more than $36 million domestically and served as New Line’s biggest homegrown moneymaker in 1996.

She handled such upcoming pics as “Pleasantville,” the Gary Ross-helmed comedy; “Woo,” starring Jada Pinkett and exec produced by John Singleton; and “Most Wanted” with Keenen Ivory Wayans; as well as the recently released Jeff Daniels-Michael Richards starrer “Trial and Error.”

Before coming to New Line in 1994, she was an agent trainee at ICM under Jim Wiatt.

At New Line, Parent had several other projects in development, including “Mockingbird,” “Blow” for Denis Leary and Ted Demme and “The Politician’s Wife” for Geena Davis.

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