UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Amy Thomases has been
 promoted to Vice President, East Coast publicity, for Universal Pictures, it
 was announced today by Michael Moses, Executive Vice President, national
     (Photo: )
     Ms. Thomases, who previously served as director, East Coast publicity for
 Universal, now heads the department's New York office, where she will oversee
 all publicity activity for Universal's feature films and supervise the New
 York publicity staff.  She will report to Mr. Moses.
     "Amy has proven herself capable of turning around miracles in New York,"
 stated Mr. Moses.  "Her enthusiasm, intelligence, tenacity and character
 combine to make her an unstoppable force in the tough, competitive world of
 New York publicity.  We are certain that Amy is perfectly suited for taking on
 more responsibility and giving our New York office steady and capable
 leadership, and we are truly happy to recognize her contributions with this
     Ms. Thomases is a ten-year veteran of Universal Publicity, first joining
 the company in 1993 as an assistant.  Since that time, she has worked her way
 up in the department in incremental steps, from junior publicist to her most
 recent position as director, where she has been responsible for broadcast
 publicity in all New York-based outlets.  Over this time, she has worked on
 such notable campaigns as "Seabiscuit," "Bruce Almighty," "8 Mile," "The Fast
 and the Furious," "A Beautiful Mind," "Meet the Parents," "The Grinch," "Erin
 Brockovich," "The Hurricane," "American Pie," "Jurassic Park," "Apollo 13,"
 "Babe" and "Schindler's List."  She will serve as a key strategist and oversee
 the execution of Universal's upcoming campaigns on the East Coast for such
 titles as "The Rundown," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the
 Hat," "Love Actually," "Peter Pan" and "Van Helsing."
     Ms. Thomases graduated with cum laude honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree
 in 1993 from the State University of New York at Albany.
     Universal Pictures is a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE)
 ( ), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation
 entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

SOURCE Universal Pictures

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