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U Pix prexy suffers ski injury

Exec in 'stable' condition

Universal Pictures prexy and chief operating officer Rick Finkelstein was severely injured in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colo., on Dec. 29 and has been hospitalized with serious spinal injuries.

A U spokesman said, “We can confirm that Mr. Finkelstein has been seriously injured, but we cannot at this time confirm the nature of those injuries.”

Finkelstein is believed to have been initially taken to Aspen Valley Hospital trauma center, but he was then transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., where he is described as in “stable” condition, according to a U spokesman.

“The company’s thoughts and prayers are with Rick and his family at this time. Rick is a highly valued member of our senior management team, and we look forward to his return,” said the U spokesman.

In the meanwhile, Finkelstein’s team of senior execs will divide his daily duties. U had no comment on when, or if, he may be able to resume his duties at the studio.