LONDON — Universal Pictures is changing its international structure and relocating the head of the international theatrical operations from London to Los Angeles.
According to a source, the goal of Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell is to provide closer collaboration between the international distribution and marketing team and the rest of the Universal Pictures exec team.
David Kosse, president, international for Universal Pictures, has chosen to remain in the U.K., and is considering another role within the company. Kosse will continue to oversee Universal Pictures’ international operations during the transition.
The company will launch a search for an individual to head its international theatrical operations immediately.
U recently moved the studio’s prexy of international home entertainment, Eddie Cunningham, to L.A. to run the company’s worldwide home entertainment operations. By moving both toppers to L.A., the studio aims to make U’s global footprint even bigger.
In January, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley was re-upped through 2017, and added international production and marketing as well as domestic marketing to her role.
In her role as chairman, Langley oversees Focus Features, worldwide acquisitions, feature film production and manages the studio’s relationship with London-based Working Title.
According to a source at Universal, there will be no lay offs at the London office.