NBC Universal retains studio chief Ron Meyer

Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2007 9:39 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A week after a messy shake-up of the management of its television unit, NBC Universal has signed Ron Meyer, the president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios, to a new five-year contract. He will oversee movie production, theme parks and studio operations "through at least 2012," the company said. Meyer led the company's successful pitch to Warner Brothers and the author J. K. Rowling to license a theme park based on the "Harry Potter" juggernaut. Last week the two studios jointly announced a $230 million-plus deal for a 20-acre, or 8-hectare, attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.

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