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U’s Misher goes solo as prod’n prexy

Exec fills job left by Snider

Universal Pictures has upped Kevin Misher to president of production.

Misher has served as co-president of production since November 1998, and essentially has been acting as prexy since June, when former production president Stacey Snider was upped to co-chairman of the studio.

Misher now has the full support of his superiors, and with the unshared title, he will oversee all feature film production, reporting directly to Snider.

Snider and co-chairman Brian Mulligan made the announcement of Misher’s promotion Tuesday.

‘Ideal candidate’

“Kevin and I have been friends and colleagues since we first worked together at Sony,” Snider said. “His instincts for developing projects and his excellent relationships with talent make him the ideal candidate to lead our production team.”

Among the production staff reporting to Misher are executive VP Allison Brecker; senior vice presidents Leonard Kornberg, Mary Parent and Scott Stuber; and vice president Eric Hughes.

While Misher is the first executive promotion announced during Snider and Mulligan’s 2-month-old reign, further promotions and executive appointments are expected in coming months.

During his three-year stint at Universal, Misher has been involved with such pics as Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight”; Tom Shadyac’s “Patch Adams”; and such upcoming releases as the Phillip Noyce-helmed “The Bone Collector,” starring Denzel Washington; Milos Forman’s “Man on the Moon,” starring Jim Carrey; Jonathan Mostow’s “U-571,” starring Matthew McConaughey; and Des MacAnuff’s “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” starring Robert De Niro and Rene Russo.

Misher also is supervising the production of Soderbergh’s “Erin Brockovich,” starring Julia Roberts; and “Meet the Parents,” to be directed by Jay Roach and star Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller this fall.

“I’m really pleased that he’s getting this promotion,” said Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer. “It points up that they’ve assembled a really solid and complementary group, with Stacey and Brian offering the artistic and financial support, and Kevin is really good at being that go-to guy. In a business where you’re constantly being tested, he’s really reliable and he’s someone that is professionally sturdy — he can be counted on.”

Misher joined Universal in 1996 as executive vice president of production. He came to U after six years as a production exec at TriStar Pictures, rising to senior vice president in 1993.

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