'Josie' gets a greenlight

Universal Studios announced Wednesday it has promoted Scott Stuber to executive vice president of production after he served 2-1/2 years as senior vice president of production.

Stuber, who will continue to report to president of production Kevin Misher, will be responsible for developing and supervising feature film projects.

He supervised production on much of Universal’s recent schedule, including “The Best Man,” “For Love of the Game,” “End of Days” and “The Hurricane” and is overseeing the upcoming “The Skulls” and “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.”

Marketing background

Stuber began his career in the Universal Pictures marketing department and then worked for four years as an executive for Donner/Schuler-Donner Prods. before returning to Universal in August 1997.

The promotion gives Stuber the same title as Allison Brecker. A spokesman said Brecker’s duties would not change.

‘Josie’ gets greenlight

Universal also announced it has given a greenlight to “Josie and the Pussycats,” based on the comic book series about an all-girl rock band, for a 2001 release date with Rachael Leigh Cook in the lead and Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan directing. Former Universal production chief Marc Platt and Riverdale Prods. will produce with Brecker overseeing the project.

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