Grass to grow U’s overseas prod’n

Exec will report directly to Shmuger, Linde

Christian Grass will head up overseas and indigenous production for Universal, which will include international co-productions and development as well as acquisitions for local territories.

Though based in Universal’s expanding London office, his purview doesn’t include the U.K.

U has been ramping up its international operations ever since the breakup of UIP, its longtime co-venture with Paramount. The London office officially opened in January, followed soon thereafter by the announcement that the studio’s domestic and international acquisitions would be merged under Jason Resnick, senior VP and general manager of worldwide acquisitions.

Appointment of Grass is the latest move to reshape and expand the studio’s overseas operations.

Grass will report directly to Marc Shmuger and David Linde, U’s chairman and co-chairman, respectively.

Exact timing of Grass’ move is unclear, since he has to work out his contractual obligations with Fox, where he is exec VP; he will likely begin in his new position by summer.

Grass and Universal declined to comment on the development.

He and Linde previously worked together at Miramax.

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