Bario plays it for laughs as Uni exec vp


Universal exec Holly Bario has been named executive vp production at the studio, effective immediately.

Bario has served as a production executive at Universal for more than a decade and built a solid reputation by overseeing some of the company's biggest comedies, including "Bruce Almighty," "Meet the Parents," "Meet the Fockers," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "You, Me and Dupree." She also oversaw the first two installments of action franchise "The Fast and the Furious."

Bario, an Emerson College graduate, began her tenure at Universal in 1996 as Marc Platt's assistant and rose through the ranks as director of development, vp and senior vp production.

"Holly is a tremendous asset to Universal," Universal president of production Donna Langley said. "She understands that magical balance that brings comedy to life while also having a firm grasp of all the realities of development and production. She is generous with her counsel, a terrific team leader and has wonderful relationships with filmmakers, talent and colleagues throughout our industry. We congratulate her on this well-earned new title."

Bario is continuing her comedic streak, working on "Evan Almighty," starring Steve Carell; Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up," starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl; and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Other projects include the big-screen adaptation of "Mama Mia!" starring Meryl Streep, and "The Better Man," starring Martin Lawrence.