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U ups Johnson to VP

Exec previously worked as controller, finance veep

Universal Pictures has upped Bret Johnson to senior VP of physical production.

Johnson will report to Jim Brubaker, president of physical production, who lauded Johnson’s “knowledge and production skills and his relationships with many of our filmmakers” in announcing the promotion.

Johnson joined U in 1988 as a production controller, later was upped to veep for production finance and moved over to physical production in 1999.

He supervised physical production on this summer’s “Bruce Almighty” and “The Hulk” and will continue to oversee “The Chronicles of Riddick,” “Cinderella Man” and “King Kong.”

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