JAMES D. BRUBAKER NAMED PRESIDENT, PHYSICAL PRODUCTION FOR UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Feb 13, 2003, 00:00 ET from Universal Pictures

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- James D. Brubaker has
 joined Universal Pictures as President of Physical Production, it was
 announced today by Stacey Snider, Chairman, Universal Pictures.
     In his new position, Mr. Brubaker will be responsible for overseeing
 physical production on all feature film releases for Universal Pictures and
 will report directly to Ms. Snider.  He replaces Ron Lynch, who is leaving the
 studio to produce films.  Mr. Brubaker's appointment is effective Tuesday,
 February 18.
     "We are incredibly fortunate to have Jim heading physical production for
 the studio," said Ms. Snider.  "He is truly a legend in this industry, and
 there is no one working today who is more experienced or capable of getting
 the job done."
     An industry veteran, Mr. Brubaker has worked in a producing capacity on
 more than 20 motion pictures and television shows.  He joins the production
 team at Universal after three-and-a-half years in a senior executive position
 at Shady Acres, the Universal-based production company started by
 writer/director/producer Tom Shadyac.  Mr. Brubaker serves as a producer on
 the upcoming comedy "Bruce Almighty" starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and
 Morgan Freeman.  The Universal Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment film, directed
 by Mr. Shadyac, will be released Memorial Day weekend.
     "We are thrilled for Jim that he is taking his expertise and wisdom to the
 next level by joining Universal Pictures as president of physical production,"
 said Mr. Shadyac.  "Jim has been an integral and important part of the Shady
 Acres family and we are so excited that we will still be working closely with
 him."
     Mr. Brubaker served as an executive producer on "Liar Liar" and as
 co-producer on "The Nutty Professor," both hugely successful films directed by
 Mr. Shadyac and produced by Brian Grazer for Universal Pictures and Imagine
 Entertainment.  In addition, Mr. Brubaker served as executive producer on the
 Universal/Imagine hit sequel "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" as well as
 on "Life," and the Universal/Shady Acres film "Dragonfly" starring Kevin
 Costner.  Mr. Brubaker also produced the award-winning HBO film "Gia" starring
 Angelina Jolie.
     Starting as a driver at MGM after a stint in the U.S. Army, Mr. Brubaker
 rose through the ranks to head transportation at the studio before segueing to
 production.  He served as production manager on nearly 20 films, including
 "Raging Bull," "Comes A Horseman" and "New York, New York"; and associate
 producer on "Rhinestone," "Rocky III" and "True Confessions."  Additionally,
 Mr. Brubaker executive produced many of Sylvester Stallone's films in the
 1980s ("Over The Top," "Cobra" and "Rocky IV"); "A Walk In The Clouds" with
 Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn; and "The Right Stuff."
     Mr. Brubaker has been a lecturer and teacher at UCLA; served as an advisor
 to student filmmakers at USC; and presently serves on the board of
 Streetlights, a program that trains disadvantaged inner-city youth in film
 crafts.  He often creates opportunities for trainees on his films providing
 them with experiences necessary to forge careers in the industry.
     He is a current member of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment
 Commission, and served on the Los Angeles Film Commission Task Force
 (1994-1995).  He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
 Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Director's Guild of
 America, the Producer's Guild of America, and the Teamsters Union.
 
     Universal Pictures is a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE)
 ( www.universalstudios.com ), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation
 entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
 
 

SOURCE Universal Pictures
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- James D. Brubaker has
 joined Universal Pictures as President of Physical Production, it was
 announced today by Stacey Snider, Chairman, Universal Pictures.
     In his new position, Mr. Brubaker will be responsible for overseeing
 physical production on all feature film releases for Universal Pictures and
 will report directly to Ms. Snider.  He replaces Ron Lynch, who is leaving the
 studio to produce films.  Mr. Brubaker's appointment is effective Tuesday,
 February 18.
     "We are incredibly fortunate to have Jim heading physical production for
 the studio," said Ms. Snider.  "He is truly a legend in this industry, and
 there is no one working today who is more experienced or capable of getting
 the job done."
     An industry veteran, Mr. Brubaker has worked in a producing capacity on
 more than 20 motion pictures and television shows.  He joins the production
 team at Universal after three-and-a-half years in a senior executive position
 at Shady Acres, the Universal-based production company started by
 writer/director/producer Tom Shadyac.  Mr. Brubaker serves as a producer on
 the upcoming comedy "Bruce Almighty" starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and
 Morgan Freeman.  The Universal Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment film, directed
 by Mr. Shadyac, will be released Memorial Day weekend.
     "We are thrilled for Jim that he is taking his expertise and wisdom to the
 next level by joining Universal Pictures as president of physical production,"
 said Mr. Shadyac.  "Jim has been an integral and important part of the Shady
 Acres family and we are so excited that we will still be working closely with
 him."
     Mr. Brubaker served as an executive producer on "Liar Liar" and as
 co-producer on "The Nutty Professor," both hugely successful films directed by
 Mr. Shadyac and produced by Brian Grazer for Universal Pictures and Imagine
 Entertainment.  In addition, Mr. Brubaker served as executive producer on the
 Universal/Imagine hit sequel "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" as well as
 on "Life," and the Universal/Shady Acres film "Dragonfly" starring Kevin
 Costner.  Mr. Brubaker also produced the award-winning HBO film "Gia" starring
 Angelina Jolie.
     Starting as a driver at MGM after a stint in the U.S. Army, Mr. Brubaker
 rose through the ranks to head transportation at the studio before segueing to
 production.  He served as production manager on nearly 20 films, including
 "Raging Bull," "Comes A Horseman" and "New York, New York"; and associate
 producer on "Rhinestone," "Rocky III" and "True Confessions."  Additionally,
 Mr. Brubaker executive produced many of Sylvester Stallone's films in the
 1980s ("Over The Top," "Cobra" and "Rocky IV"); "A Walk In The Clouds" with
 Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn; and "The Right Stuff."
     Mr. Brubaker has been a lecturer and teacher at UCLA; served as an advisor
 to student filmmakers at USC; and presently serves on the board of
 Streetlights, a program that trains disadvantaged inner-city youth in film
 crafts.  He often creates opportunities for trainees on his films providing
 them with experiences necessary to forge careers in the industry.
     He is a current member of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment
 Commission, and served on the Los Angeles Film Commission Task Force
 (1994-1995).  He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
 Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Director's Guild of
 America, the Producer's Guild of America, and the Teamsters Union.
 
     Universal Pictures is a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE)
 ( www.universalstudios.com ), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation
 entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
 
 SOURCE  Universal Pictures