LONDON, ENGLAND, February 6, 2012 – Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced the company has promoted Peter La Terriere and J.J. Lousberg to Vice Presidents of International Production. The pair will jointly source and manage international co-productions and local language acquisitions in key markets as well as developing opportunities in priority territories worldwide. The announcement was made today by Universal Pictures President, International, David Kosse. La Terriere and Lousberg are based in London and report to David Kosse.
“We’ve enjoyed great success in the area of local co-productions and staying in these markets, meeting these filmmakers and being a part of some great films is enormously important to our business,” said Kosse. “Peter and J.J. are seasoned executives who will bring a great deal of expertise to our efforts in international production.”
Universal recently restructured its acquisitions and international production division naming Peter Kujawski Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions in Los Angeles. Kujawski will report to Universal Pictures Co-Chairman Donna Langley and work closely with Kosse. The international co-production efforts remain in London reporting to Kosse.
Together, La Terriere and Lousberg will be responsible for the assessment of local language and international production submissions, along with overseeing production from the preliminary greenling stages though the delivery process. La Terriere and Lousberg are responsible for communicating production updates internally and to UPI local teams. They will define the creative and business parameters for each project, integrating each productions’ insight and direction into a cohesive decision making process for investment.
La Terriere and Lousberg will assume the lead creative roles within the organization and serve as the primary international filmmaker contacts jointly overseeing production in China, Russia, Latin America, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia and the Benelux.
UPI has had several successful international co-productions of late including Rubbeldiekatz, which grossed over $19 million and was the second largest German film of 2011 and Fuga de Cerebros 2, which is one of the top grossing Spanish language films grossing over $7 million. UPI currently has two films in production; one in France and one in Brazil. UPI is also making the Spanish/Canadian co-production Mama.