Wise ankles Universal Pictures Intl.

Exec VP int'l prod'n exits

LONDON — Clare Wise has ankled her post as exec veep of international production at Universal Pictures Intl. after nearly four years in the role.

Her departure comes after Christian Grass ankled his post as prexy of international production and acquisitions at the studio this past summer.

Wise’s post is not expected to be filled in the upcoming months.

The move is reflective of a refocus in U’s international ambitions: In September, L.A.-based Peter Kujawski was appointed exec veep of worldwide acquisitions for UPI.

A rep for the studio said that the company’s commitment to acquisitions remains the same and U still has the same appetite for local-language productions, with territory managers being awarded more muscle in their home territories.

During her tenure at UPI, Wise helped to shepherd the production of local pics such as French film “Gainsbourg” and “Heartbreaker,” Matthew Vaughn’s breakout hit “Kick Ass.”

Prior to joining the company she served as head of international at the now defunct U.K. Film Council.

It’s no secret that studios have been retracting as of recent: In June, Paramount Pictures Intl. shuttered its worldwide acquisitions group, and in October, the studio saw industry stalwart Andrew Cripps ankle his post as prexy following the announcement that PPI would be relocating the bulk of its international staff to L.A.

UPI, however, still seems keen to expand its tentacles across the globe: In October, the studio launched a theatrical distribution operation in India.

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