Exec to o'see studio's publicity staff

Universal Pictures has promoted veteran executive Jeffrey Sakson to senior vice president of national publicity.

VP of national publicity since 1997, Sakson will supervise the day-to-day operations of the studio’s publicity staff. Announcement came from Terry Curtin, exec veep of national publicity.

“Since the time I first came to Universal, Jeff has been a tremendous resource to me, and his friendship and support were invaluable in making me feel welcome and part of the team,” said Curtin, who joined the studio a year ago. “Jeff has excellent relationships with our filmmakers and the media, and I am pleased to see him rewarded for all his hard work and dedication to the company over the years.”

Sakson joined Universal in 1984 as a staff assistant in the New York office and moved to Universal City in 1989 as a senior publicist. He was named manager of production publicity in 1991; director, publicity, in 1994; and executive director, publicity, in 1996.

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