The studio hierarchy is changing the structure of international operations and will relocate the head of international theatrical operations to LA to foster closer ties with the rest of the executive team.
President of international David Kosse, who assumed that role in 2009 and has lived with his family in London for 17 years, has elected to remain in the UK and is understood to be separately considering another role at the studio.
The popular and highly regarded Kosse (pictured delivering a keynote speech at CinemaCon last week), will continue to lead the studio’s international operations during the transition as studio chiefs seek a replacement.
During his tenure Kosse oversaw Universal’s successful local language production division, which enjoyed a record year in 2013.
ScreenDaily understands the new head of international may come from within the studio or could be an external hire and may currently reside outside the US.
Universal recently moved the studio’s president of international home entertainment Eddie Cunningham to Los Angeles to run worldwide home entertainment operations.
It is understood the studio hierarchy remains committed to a strong presence in the London office and the rest of the world.
President of international distribution Duncan Clark and and evp of international marketing Simon Hewlett remain in situ in London. There was no indication at time of writing of job losses in the London office.