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Jeff LaPlante has been named president, physical production at Universal Pictures, where he will succeed Andrew Fenady, who announced to colleagues Wednesday that he is stepping down and leaving the studio. LaPlante has held the post of executive vp physical production at Universal Pictures since July, 2011.
In an email, Fenady, who has been with the studio for more than 16 years and leading the physical production team for the past seven, said he’d decided “it’s time to explore other professional opportunities” and that LaPlante would be “an extremely capable leader and I could not be more pleased that he is willing to step into this role.” Fenady also noted, “It’s been a great honor to lead the physical production team for the last seven years and to have touched so many terrific films and worked with so many great filmmakers.”
Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley said of Fenady, “Andrew is an incredibly hard working and talented production executive. He has been a fiercely loyal and passionate leader for our physical production team and we’ve been privileged to have him here at Universal for so many years. He will be sorely missed but I know he will be successful in anything he decides to pursue.”
In his current role as executive vp, LaPlante has been overseeing aspects of physical production including budgeting, scheduling, hiring of crews and day-to-day operations. While at Universal, he has handled physical production for films like the Fast & Furious franchise, the Despicable Me series, Fifty Shades of Grey, Unbroken, Safe House and Snow White and the Huntsman, among others.
LaPlante joined Universal in 2000 as a senior finance executive. In 2003, he was promoted to vp production finance, and in 2007, he was promoted to senior vp physical production before being appointed to his current position.
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