Uni boss Meyer re-upped

5-year pact extends long studio run

Ron Meyer inked a new five-year contract as president and COO of Universal Studios last week (HR 6/6).

His corporate parents could have added the title of chief continuity officer. Taking over at the studio in 1995 after a storied agency career, Meyer has held a firm rein atop Uni through a succession of owners and any number of corporate cultures.

But Meyer, a famously casual personality held in great affection on the Uni lot, exudes gratitude for his professional life.

"I really consider it an extraordinary group of executives," he said. "I love coming to work. I love working with the people that I do (and) I feel very fortunate to come to the studio every day."

Meyer's new contract coincides with his re-cently getting a new boss after NBC topper Jeff Zucker assumed the mantle of NBC Universal CEO from Bob Wright. Meyer most recently renewed his contract in 2005, when he was given a five-year deal superseded by the new pact.

"He's as involved as we want him to be," Meyer said of Zucker. "He's not intrusive, he's smart and he's a believer in our business."

Before joining Uni, Meyer was president of CAA.