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HOLLYWOOD Stacey Snider and Brian C. Mulligan have been upped to co-chairs of Universal Pictures, the studio announced June 17.

Snider will oversee production, marketing and domestic distribution while Mulligan will be responsible for finance, business affairs, legal, human resources, administration, international operations and homevideo.

The duo will both hold green-lighting authority, although Universal Studios' president and chief operating officer Ron Meyer will have final say on what goes before the cameras.

Misher move

It's expected that co-president of production Kevin Misher will be named sole head of production. Misher was upped to co-prexy last November, serving alongside Snider, who has been president of production since November.

Snider joined U in 1996, when she and former co-president of production Marc Platt left TriStar Pictures to run production at Universal.

During her tenure at Universal, Snider has overseen "The Mummy," "Life," "Patch Adams," "One True Thing," "Out of Sight" and "October Sky."

Snider and Mulligan are said to be mulling several changes in U's operating structure, including the division of duties once handled by former Universal Pictures prexy Chris McGurk, who left in April to become vice chairman of MGM. McGurk oversaw UIP on behalf of the studio, Universal Pictures Intl. and U's various co-financing pacts.

While several candidates emerged to fill McGurk's post, the promotion of Mulligan to co-chair nixes the position.

London-based Stuart Till has been in charge of UPI since the foreign distribution arm was created following Seagram's decision to keep Polygram's international distribution operations.

Still hands-on

Meyer says he will continue to be active in all studio operations while continuing to supervise U's television and theme park operations.

Mulligan, an eight-year Universal veteran, was previously exec VP of operations and finance. Before that, he was senior VP of corporate development and strategic planning.

Mulligan helped structure a co-production agreement with MGM stemming from McGurk's move to the Lion and was involved in the acquisition of USA Networks and the merger of U's television assets with Barry Diller's USA Networks.

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Author:PETRIKIN, CHRIS
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Date:Jun 21, 1999
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