UPDATED, 4:18 PM: Universal has confirmed the story we broke this afternoon about Teri Everett getting its top communications gig. Her first day on the job as EVP Global Communications at Universal Filmed Entertainment will be August 17. Read the studio’s press release at the bottom of the post.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: Teri Everett is finalizing a deal to replace Kori Bernards as EVP Global Communications at Universal Pictures, sources inside the company tell Deadline. Bernards announced last week she would be leaving the company after seven years. Everett most recently had been in Time Inc’s corporate communications department in New York, and before that she worked for the Fox Entertainment Group in L.A.
Bernards had been talking to Jeff Shell and Donna Langley about her planned exit for some time, so the studio had time to do a thorough search and vet candidates to replace her. Everett is expected to relocate and be in place by the end of summer, and Bernards will help ease her transition.
Here is the release:
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, July 21, 2015— Universal Pictures today announced that it has named Teri Everett to the role of Executive Vice President, Global Communications for Universal Filmed Entertainment. She will be responsible for all worldwide external and internal communications for the company overseeing media relations, executive and employee communications, as well as all box office reporting.
In making the announcement Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment, whom Everett will report to, said, “I’ve known Teri for many years and her experience across the media landscape will prove invaluable to Ron, Donna and me as we navigate the exciting challenges and opportunities ahead. She is a well-respected, skilled communicator who brings a wealth of knowledge, proven strategic capabilities and breadth of contacts at a critical time for our business.”
Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures added, “We are so pleased that Teri is joining the team. As her track record shows, she is a leading communicator in our industry who will be an important advisor to our entire team and play a strong role in helping us achieve and communicate our business goals.”
Everett will join the company August 17.
Everett most recently was Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Time Inc., in New York, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of corporate communications, including media relations, executive and employee communications, corporate philanthropy and social responsibility. Prior to that she held various communications positions at Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles and later oversaw global communications for parent company, News Corporation. Earlier, Everett headed communications for ABC News and spent several years at Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations in Washington, D.C., where she advised clients in the telecommunications and energy fields.
Everett graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Oregon State University. She is moving to Los Angeles with her husband and son.