Exec to o'see worldwide initiatives

Universal Pictures has named Michael Joe VP, business development and strategic planning.

Joe will be responsible for worldwide business development, including Internet and technology initiatives.

He was previously director, corporate development at Universal Studios, and had been involved in several transactions including the merger of Cineplex Odeon and Loews Theaters, the acquisition of Viacom’s 50% interest in USA Networks and the merger of USA Networks and Universal Television with the Home Shopping Network.

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