Jeff LaPlante to Replace Andrew Fenady as Universal Physical Production Chief

Andrew Fenady is stepping down as president of physical production at Universal Pictures and will be replaced by Jeff LaPlante.

LaPlante has 16 years’ experience in the field. He joined Universal in 2000 as a senior finance executive and has been exec VP of physical production at Universal since July 2011. In a note to Universal staff announcing his departure, Fenady said he was leaving to explore other professional opportunities.

“Universal has been my home and you’ve been my family for almost two decades now, and honestly I can’t really imagine not coming to the Lot to work every day,” he wrote. “I’ve given this company no less than 100% of my service, but it’s time for me to find something that affords me the ability to divide myself a bit more evenly.”

In a statement on Fenady’s departure, Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley praised his work ethic and talent.

“He has been a fiercely loyal and passionate leader for our physical production team, and we’ve been privileged to have him here at Universal for so many years,” she said. “He will be sorely missed but I know he will be successful in anything he decides to pursue.”

LaPlante began his career in production accounting with a staff position in the Walt Disney Studios feature film department.

At Universal, he is currently working on “The Huntsman” with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and “By the Sea,” starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

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