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The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the move comes as Universal looks to consolidate leadership roles in its Los Angeles head office. The company was happy for London-based Hewlett to relocate, but he wanted to keep his family in the U.K.
It is expected that Hewlett will stay on with the studio till next summer, shepherding Univeral’s international marketing efforts for the James Bond film No Time to Die, which has been pushed back to 2021 due to the pandemic, as well the company’s slew of tentpoles lined up for next year including new entries in the Jurassic World, Despicable Me/Minions and Fast and the Furious franchises.
Universal’s leadership consolidation process began in June with the announcement that Veronika Kwan Vandenberg was joining the company as president of international distribution, replacing industry veteran Duncan Clark, who remains a consultant based in the U.K.
In a statement, Universal’s president of worldwide marketing Michael Moses said, “I want to extend not just my gratitude but my sincerest admiration to Simon, both for how he has led the international team over the past many years and how he has chosen to remain a partner through this consolidation. His example is the very model of leadership, and despite our pleading that he might find his way to LA, we understand and support his decision.”
Hewlett has been at Universal since 2006, joining the company as managing director responsible for building a new U.K. and Ireland theatrical distribution team. He worked his way up to president of international marketing in 2016. Presently, Hewlett oversees every aspect of the international marketing process, including creative development, research and strategy development, media planning, digital marketing, promotions and partnerships. Among the films Hewlett’s marketing group has worked on include the Jurassic World, Fast & Furious and Bourne franchises, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Mamma Mia!, and Les Misérables.
Prior to Universal, Hewlett was the U.K. marketing head and U.K. managing director at 20th Century Fox.
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