Veteran DreamWorks Exec Joins Universal Pictures

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Mark Sourian

Mark Sourian has been hired at the studio as executive vp production.

Former DreamWorks exec Mark Sourian is joining Universal Pictures as executive vp production.

Sourian was a longtime DreamWorks exec — he joined the Steven Spielberg-led company in 1997 — who segued to becoming an independent producer with a first-look deal with the company in 2012.

“Mark is a respected, hard-working and passionate executive, with considerable experience overseeing a wide range of films,” said co-presidents production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum in a joint statement.

Sourian began as a development assistant at DreamWorks, working his way up to co-president in 2009. Among the projects he oversaw were The Ring horror movies and Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman. He was also a producer on Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul.

He will start his new job later in June.