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Universal Studios taps senior veeps

Beanes, Lyum upped in prod'n, facility services

Dave Beanes has been promoted to senior veep, production services, and Mark Lyum to senior VP, facility services, for the Universal Studios Operations Group.

Beanes and Lyum will continue to report to Jim Watters, president and general manager of Universal Studios Operations Group.

Beanes will continue to have overall responsibility for the departments that support production at U, including backlot operations, stage management, set lighting, grip, electrical, transportation, stock units, property and wardrobe. He also oversees the production services department, which maintains relations with non-Universal production entities.

Lyum will continue to oversee facility maintenance, construction, utilities and engineering as well as support functions such as mail, janitorial, office services and design that the studio provides to its tenants.

“These promotions recognize the outstanding contributions that Dave and Mark have made to Universal Studios,” said Watters. “Dave’s extensive production background provides the needed expertise to help filmmakers accomplish their goals, and he has become a valuable resource to the production community. Mark has played a leading role in daily operating functions.”

Beanes joined Universal in January 2000 as veep, production services. He was formerly vice president of production at Studios USA TV and before that a production exec at Universal TV.

Lyum began his career at Universal in 1990 as a key member of the team that developed CityWalk. Before joining the studio, he worked as a project manager for Dillingham Construction, where he was involved with the Doris Stein Eye Research Institute at UCLA.