DreamWorks picks Small to top ops

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Jeff Small has been named chief operating officer of DreamWorks, co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider said Monday.

Small steps into the role from a similar post that he held at Revolution Studios for the past year. The chief operating officer title at DreamWorks had been open for the past 10 months since the departure of Rick Sands, who became chief operating officer at MGM in January.

"We are excited about Jeff joining DreamWorks," Snider said. "I know Steven Spielberg and all of us here look forward to having this talented executive on our team. His range of experience at all levels of a studio — which I recognized first hand when we were both at Universal — will be an asset throughout the company."

Before joining Revolution, Small spent several years with Universal Studios, beginning in the corporate development group where he played key roles in mergers and acquisitions across film, television and music areas, including the acquisitions of Polygram and the USA Network. He then moved to Universal Pictures as director of business development and was responsible for sourcing and analyzing new business opportunities and financing packages.

He began his career in the Walt Disney Co. Motion Picture Group, specializing in studio planning and financial analysis. He is a graduate of Stanford University and a native of Marietta, Ga.

Before Sands, Helene Hahn was DreamWorks chief operating officer from the studio's inception in 1994 through August 2004.
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