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Cramer joins U as prod’n exec veepee

Exec to report to Langley, Gordon starting today

Continuing to quietly overhaul its executive suite, Universal Pictures has hired Peter Cramer as an executive vice president of production.

Cramer, who will report to U’s new production prexies Donna Langley and Jon Gordon, comes to U from New Regency where he also held an exec veep title.

Recruitment is the latest personnel move made by U chair Stacey Snider since former vice chairs Scott Stuber and Mary Parent transitioned to a production deal on the lot.

Cramer’s first day on Lankershim is today.

Langley assumed prexy responsibilities when she was upped from exec VP in April at the time Parent and Stuber announced their departure.

Gordon, who is joining U after rising to production prexy at Miramax, was named to the prexy post in early August, but won’t start at the studio until after his Miramax contract runs out at the end of this month.

Cramer leaves New Regency on a high note after seeing “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” a production he oversaw, become the company’s highest grossing feature.

Other films he worked on at the 20th Century Fox-based financier include “Daredevil,” “Runaway Jury,” and “Man on Fire.”

Before New Regency, Cramer was an exec at Chuck Gordon’s U-based shingle Daybreak Prods, where he received an exec producer credit on “October Sky.” Prior to that he did a stint as an exec with HBO Pictures.

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