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Inside Move: DreamWorks circles April 10 for Snider

Former Uni chair close to contract release deal

Stacy Snider is almost ready to send out her new contact information.

The former Universal Pictures chair is close to a deal with Universal that will release her from her current contract and allow her to officially begin her duties as chief executive and co-chair of DreamWorks Pictures.

Though no final deal is in place, insiders say the situation is amicable and that Snider should be able to fully dive into her new duties on April 10. And while it’s already been announced that she had accepted the post — which places her alongside DreamWorks co-founders David Geffen and Steven Spielberg — her start date was the last shoe waiting to drop in a series of high-level musical chairs.

Following her exit last month, it was unclear if Uni would let Snider out of her contract, which expired at year’s end. However, after naming her successors — chairman Marc Shmuger and co-chairman David Linde — the dispute is clearing up, paving the way for an end to her 10-year Uni tenure.

So now that she’s less than one month away from moving into her new Amblin digs, what’s the mood at DW? Studio insiders say it’s nothing but excitement. “Her reputation speaks for itself,” said one executive. “We can’t wait to have her here.” As for Snider? A vacation is in the works.