Universal has upped Jimmy Horowitz to prexy of Universal Pictures, looking to the exec to shape and implement domestic strategic business initiatives and help manage day-to-day business operations. Horowitz was most recently exec VP and co-president of production. In his new role, he will work closely with U chairman Adam Fogelson, co-chairman Donna Langley and vice-chairman and chief operating officer Rick Finkelstein. Horowitz will add the oversight of Illumination Entertainment to his duties and will also oversee Universal's relationship with...
The very definition of a loyal company man — he’s been with Universal for a quarter of a century — he’s recently overseen a record-breaking movie slate and also ramped up the studio’s hugely successful live stage business.
As president of Universal Pictures since 2010, he works alongside Jeff Shell and Donna Langley to develop and implement strategy for the film slate and is also responsible for managing the day-to-day business operations for the studio. A longtime expert in the live stage production business, his portfolio includes growing that division and managing lucrative hits such as “Wicked,” now in its 13th year on Broadway, “Hello, Dolly!,” which took the Tony Award for best revival of a musical this year, and “Billy Elliot,” which received 10 Tonys, including best musical, in 2009.
Horowitz previously served as co-president of production and executive vice president of Universal Pictures, where he oversaw all non-creative aspects of production, and prior to that was executive vice president of business and legal affairs, managing all of Universal’s term deals along with oversight of the business and legal affairs departments. Before joining the studio’s feature legal department in 1992, he served as counsel for the AMPTP and practiced labor law at Manatt Phelps, and later at Greenberg Glusker.