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U ups Burk in int’l relations

James Burk has been moved into a senior VP of international relations slot for Universal Pictures, the studio announced Wednesday.

Burk will be responsible for all planning and operational activities for U distribution and exhibition biz outside of North America. He will work with United International Pictures and United Cinemas International.

He reports to Chris McGurk, chief operating officer for U.

“Jim’s appointment underscores Universal’s commitment to aggressively expand our worldwide motion picture business,” said McGurk.

Burk has been senior VP of finance for U since 1994. He came to the studio in 1979 as a member of the internal audit staff. He has held posts as controller for Universal City Studios and controller and VP of finance. Before that, he was a CPA for Price Waterhouse.

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