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After leaving The Weinstein Co. earlier this month as its London-based president/managing director Europe, production, acquisitions and television, Robert Walek is set to join Universal Pictures International Productions.
Walek — who joined TWC in 2013 and helped acquire titles including The Imitation Game, Macbeth, Paddington, Carol and 2016’s upcoming Lion, alongside its recent move towards scripted drama with War and Peace — is to serve as co-managing director alongside LA-based Peter Kujawski. He will remain in London and report to Universal chair Donna Langley once he begins his new role on Nov. 24.
“Robert is one of the most well-respected executives in our business and has the breadth and depth of knowledge to lift our entire organization to new levels of success across every part of our broad slate,” said Kujawski.
“From mainstream English-language acquisitions to auteur-driven films to local-language productions, his wealth of filmmaker relationships and ability to identify new and unique opportunities make him an absolutely invaluable partner.”
Added Walak: “I’m thrilled to join Universal at this extraordinary time in the studio’s history as it celebrates a record-breaking year, the likes of which our industry has never seen.”
Prior to joining TWC, Walek was senior vp acquisitions and production at Momentum, overseeing U.K. acquisitions including The King’s Speech and The Woman in Black.
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