Prexy reaches out to execs, producers, filmmakers
A day after Stacey Snider defected to DreamWorks, Universal Studios prexy Ron Meyer sought to buck up the U troops with a Monday morning meeting of about 50 execs.Meyer gave no timetable for the announcement of her successor, but said he was beginning to meet with potential candidates. He also praised G.E.’s stewardship of U since the conglom took charge of the studio nearly two years ago, repeating his belief that it is the best owner U has had in a decade. Meyer also reached out on Monday to producers and filmmakers to emphasize that despite Snider’s departure, the studio is continuing largely intact. But beyond that, U and DreamWorks are for now in limbo until some big questions can be resolved. Key among them is when Snider will actually start her new job. She has been relieved of her duties as U chair — all of her direct reports go to Meyer in the interim — but she remains under contract there for 10 more months. When the switch comes, though, it won’t change Snider’s daily commute. Despite its purchase by Paramount, the production offices remain on U’s Lankershim lot in the Santa Fe-styled bungalow that started out as the home of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin shingle. A Par source says it’s Spielberg’s preference to stay on the U lot, although if he ever changes his mind, the director already has a parking spot at Par’s Melrose lot, right next to that of chairman Brad Grey.