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Universal Vid Unit Ups Two, Sweetens Slate

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Universal Vid Unit Ups Two, Sweetens Slate

As Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions (USHEFP) steps up its efforts to produce film and television projects, the unit has promoted Ellen Cockrill to senior VP of animation production and Patti Jackson to senior VP of live-action production. Working out of the studio’s Universal City headquarters, they will continue to report to general manager and exec VP Glenn Ross.

Cockrill most recently served as VP of television programming for Universal Home Entertainment Productions and Universal Cartoon Studios. In that capacity, she developed such children’s series as The New Woody Woodpecker Show for Fox Kids, The Mummy: The Animated Series for Kid’s WB! and the upcoming series The Land Before Time for Cartoon Network and Curious George for the PBS fall 2006 lineup.

Prior to joining Universal in 1996, Cockrill served four years as exec director of development for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. There she produced the Oscar-nominated animated short, The Chicken from Outer Space, which served as the pilot for Cartoon Network’s Courage the Cowardly Dog series, and the Annie Award-nominated Johnny Bravo pilot, also for Cartoon Network. She began her entertainment career as a development coordinator for Walt Disney Television and worked as a story editor for the Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Jackson joined Universal Home Entertainment Productions in 1993 as director of programming and was promoted to VP of production in 1996. In the role, she oversaw development and production of such films as Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Beethoven’s 3rd, Beethoven’s 4th and the upcoming American Pie Presents: Band Camp. Before joining Universal, she served as VP of entertainment at J2 Communications/National Lampoon, where she oversaw acquisitions, development and production.

The USHEFP banner includes Universal Animation Studios and is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. More information on the studio can be found at (www.universalstudios.com).

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