Exec VP commercial affairs to report to Kosse

LONDON

Universal Pictures Intl. has appointed Jill Tandy as exec VP of commercial affairs commencing in February, it was announced Monday by David Kosse, prexy of international for Universal Pictures.

Tandy will manage the London-based creative production team, focusing on local-language productions. She will work with Universal’s L.A.-based executive VP of worldwide acquisitions, Peter Kujawski, who has been in the role since September 2011. She will report to Kosse.

Tandy was one of the founding management team of Polygram Filmed Entertainment, heading its international public, business and legal affairs. She served at UPI from 1989 until 1999, when she became co-managing director and co-owner of U.K. production company Qwerty Films, founded alongside former Polygram chairman Michael Kuhn and COO Malcolm Ritchie.

In 2007 she set up her own consultancy firm, working with NBCUniversal, the British Film Institute and Working Title, among others.

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