In the wake of Chris McGurk’s departure, speculation is rife that Universal will do some realigning of its top executives.
In one scenario under consideration, there will be a co-chairman position. One half of that post will be held by Brian Mulligan, currently executive vice president for operations and finance.
The other half of the co-chair equation under consideration is Stacey Snider, currently co-president of Universal Pictures with Kevin Misher. Snider’s stock has grown, in that she worked closely on “The Mummy” at the time that writer-director Stephen Sommers was brought in.
That film has emerged as a sequel-producing hit for the studio, where executives are surely breathing a sigh of relief that they didn’t follow through with a scheme to sell foreign rights, which were shopped discreetly while the film was being readied. The film is on course to gross perhaps $150 million domestically, and could better that in the foreign marketplace.
Universal spokesmem said it’s not company policy to comment on rumors.