Abhijay Prakash
Alex J. Berliner
United States

Universal Pictures


President, Filmed Entertainment Group

Prakash is the antithesis of the studio execs of yore who made decisions with their gut instinct. This numbers man oversees the studio’s analytics-driven slate process, which helps determine everything from what projects are greenlit to when and where they’re released. His expertise proved especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, when the studio’s decision to release “Trolls World Tour” via PVOD generated a $95 million take that didn’t have to be shared with theaters. Recently, he assumed oversight of the studio’s 1440 Entertainment division, which focuses on making branded-IP features and series from the Universal library for streaming platforms, such as Peacock’s “Curious George” bonanza, consisting of nine seasons of classics and a new original movie. In July 2020, the former public-policy researcher was named co-chair of Universal’s inclusion committee.


  • Focus Features
  • Universal Pictures


  • Princeton University (NJ, USA)
  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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