U Pix ups 4 distrib exex to VP posts

Corrado, Rocco, Francis and Thompson promoted

Four distribution vets have won their VP stripes at Universal Pictures.

Joan Corrado, Gary Rocco, Lynne Francis and Bruce Thompson — managers at regional offices in Boston, Gotham, L.A. and Dallas, respectively — were promoted Wednesday by U distrib prexy Nikki Rocco.

“They are outstanding leaders of our team who have demonstrated their value to Universal Pictures countless times over the years, and I am proud to work with them,” Rocco said.

Corrado joined U in 1963 as a Boston biller in the Universal Film Exchange office. She subsequently served in a variety of posts before being promoted to branch manager in 1980.

Rocco was hired as a booker in the New York Universal Film Exchange in 1971. He rose to office manager in 1975 and metro district manager in 1994.

Francis joined U in 1989, after earlier stints at Columbia, Cannon and Lorimar, as branch manager for Seattle-Portland-Salt Lake City based in the L.A. office of the Universal Film Exchange. She was appointed L.A. branch manager in 1993.

Thompson came to U as a salesman and was quickly promoted to branch manager in the Dallas office of the Universal Film Exchange in 1989. He earlier worked for Paramount, Cannon, New Century/Vista and Vestron.

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