Exec's most recent project was 'Tenenbaums.'

Sarah Schechter has been promoted to creative exec at Universal-based Barry Mendel Prods., reporting to Barry Mendel and VP Jennifer Simpson.

Prior to joining the company, Schechter worked at RKO Pictures; she got her start working for Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple in New York.

“Sarah is very talented — she’s smart, critical and good with material,” said Mendel. “I anticipate she’ll be very successful, and we’re glad to be working with her.”

Mendel most recently produced “The Royal Tenenbaums” for Disney and is currently at work on “The Prisoner” and “Appointment in Samarra” for U as well as “Shanghai” for Miramax and Phoenix Pictures.

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