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Digital maestro joins Universal

Peter Levinsohn will join the Universal Pictures leadership team as president and chief distribution officer.

Levinsohn will oversee worldwide home entertainment, new media and digital strategy, technology, and international and domestic television distribution. 

He will work alongside chairman Adam Fogelson, co-chairman Donna Langley and Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz on all aspects of the studio’s business. Levinsohn will report to Fogelson.

Levinsohn and Horowitz will share responsibility for Universal’s business development and strategic planning division with Horowitz focusing on the production side. 

President of domestic theatrical distribution Nikki Rocco will continue to head the company’s North American theatrical distribution operations, reporting to Fogelson. 

“Peter is one of the foremost leaders in the space where technology meets entertainment,” said Fogelson, who made the announcement on Wednesday evening [May 1] with Langley. “He is a seasoned strategic manager whose portfolio perfectly augments our leadership team. At this pivotal time in our business, Peter will be a real asset to Universal in meeting the challenges and harnessing the opportunities of an ever evolving business.”  

Levinsohn has spent most of his career at Fox in various capacities. He currently serves as president of new media and digital distribution and joined Twentieth Century Fox in 1988 as a manager in the international theatrical division.

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