Universal Pictures has promoted Peter Kujawski to the newly created role as managing director of Universal Pictures International Productions.The studio touted the move as part of its efforts to expand its overseas operations. The exec has been part of efforts to acquire international rights to "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Boyhood" since coming on board in 2011.Kujawski, who currently serves as exec VP of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Pictures, will be responsible for expanding the studio's...
Peter Kujawski was appointed chairman of Focus Features in February 2016, replacing Peter Schlessel, who had taken over for founder James Schamus as Universal merged Focus with UPIP to make the unit more global and artistically relevant. Kujawski has overseen the releases such films as “Atomic Blonde,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “London Has Fallen.”
Kujawski broke into the business at independent film production company Good Machine, which was bought by Universal in 2001 and absorbed into Focus Features. He sold international rights on the key Focus titles including “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Burn After Reading,” “Lost In Translation,” “Milk,” “The Constant Gardener” and “Brokeback Mountain.”
He was named executive vice president of international sales for Focus in 2010, and joined Universal in 2011 as executive vice president of worldwide acquisitions, where he oversaw acquisitions for both Universal and Focus, buying international rights for Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Dallas Buyers Club,” which won three Academy Awards.
In 2014, he became managing director of Universal Pictures Intl. Prods., which is set up to expand the studio’s overseas presence through local production, financing partnerships, acquisitions in emerging markets and the acquisition of English-language films.