Universal's Peter Kujawski Adds Oversight of Focus Acquisitions to Duties

12:47 PM PST 01/16/2013 by Tatiana Siegel
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The studio says the move reflects an effort to centralize and streamline Universal’s acquisitions efforts worldwide.

Universal Pictures is giving one of its executives, Peter Kujawski, oversight of acquisitions for the studio's specialty label, Focus Features.

Universal said Kujawski's increased duties reflect an effort to centralize and streamline Universal’s acquisitions efforts worldwide. He will continue to report to studio co-chairman Donna Langley and work closely with Universal Pictures president of international David Kosse.

For Focus acquisitions, Kujawski now also will work closely with Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen. Focus' Jeb Brody and the label's creative team will remain active in the process.

During his Universal tenure, Kujawski oversaw the acquisition of international rights to films including Zero Dark Thirty, Martin Scorsese's upcoming The Wolf of Wall StreetSpike Lee’s revenge thriller OldboyThe Expendables 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and All Is Lost from writer-director J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford.

Before Universal, he worked on Focus’ international sales team since its formation in 2002. While at Focus, Kujawski sold such hits as Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading and Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation.

Kujawski began his career at Good Machine, where he started as an assistant to co-founder Schamus. When Good Machine was absorbed into Focus in 2002, he joined the specialty label as director of international sales.

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