April 18, 2014 7:46 AM ET


Company Overview of Universal Studios, Inc.

Company Overview

Universal Studios, Inc., a motion picture and television studio, engages in developing, producing, and marketing entertainment, news, and information. The company offers its services for television episodes, commercials, and films. The company operates studios that include shops, restaurants, theaters, boutiques, and entertainment venues. The company was formerly known as MCA, Inc. and changed its name to Universal Studios, Inc. in December, 1996. The company was founded in 1958 and is based in Universal City, California. Universal Studios, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

100 Universal City Plaza

Building 2160/8H

Universal City, CA 91608

United States

Founded in 1958





Key Executives for Universal Studios, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 47
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Chairman of Recreation Group and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Group
Age: 65
Chief Executive Officer of Universal Pictures and Co-President of Focus Features
President of Universal Studios Hollywood and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios Hollywood
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Universal Studios, Inc. Key Developments

American Express and Universal Studios Expand Partnership Through New Exclusive Agreement

Universal Studios and American Express announced an expanded multi-year agreement that brings the strength of Universal's theme parks and filmed entertainment together with the premier brand of American Express to create exclusive consumer benefits and experiences. The agreement also enables American Express, for the first time, to acquire new Card Members directly through Universal theme parks and websites. While American Express and Universal have worked together since 2008, this expanded partnership presents new and innovative marketing opportunities for both companies. The partnership will now include marketing opportunities that leverage Universal Pictures' retail partners, consumer licensing and digital media platforms on a global basis. American Express now has the first opportunity among payment services providers to participate in product placement and co-promotion on Universal Pictures' films. Universal and American Express will also work together to offer Universal's assets, including special holiday and seasonal theme park events, film premieres and VIP screenings of select Universal films, to eligible American Express Card Members and prospects worldwide. The partnership will continue to set the stage for ongoing offers and promotions for anyone holding an American Express Card, ranging from discounts at the theme parks to special once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experiences. The agreement will offer a wide range of exclusive benefits for Card Members, including: Select discounts on in-park merchandise, food and beverage purchases made with their American Express Card; access to exclusive American Express VIP lounges with the purchase of a Multi-Park ticket or Annual Pass at Universal Orlando Resort and with the purchase of a VIP Experience or Front-of-the-Line Pass at Universal Studios Hollywood; lounges provide guests with a relaxing environment to plan the rest of their day, as well as enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks; exclusive experiences including tickets to Universal Pictures' film premieres, private VIP preview screenings of select Universal films and dedicated viewing areas for some park special events; rich incentives & offers for approved new applicants applying for an American Express Card at Universal theme parks and on websites.

Universal Pictures Appoints Eddie Cunningham as President of Worldwide Home Entertainment

Universal Pictures announced that Eddie Cunningham has been named President, Universal Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment. Cunningham, who currently serves as President of Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE), will expand his portfolio to include the company's domestic home entertainment operations, a move designed to provide closer collaboration and a greater global focus across the organization. Cunningham will continue to report to Universal Pictures President & Chief Distribution Officer Peter Levinsohn who made today's announcement. Prior to his current role at Universal, Cunningham was Managing Director of Polygram's U.K. home entertainment business and budget music labels in 1994, preceding the acquisition by Universal Pictures in 1999.

Universal Studios and StudioCanal Resolve Legal Spat

NBCUniversal Media LLC's Universal Studios and StudioCanal submitted documents to dismiss with prejudice a lawsuit regarding 44 films they made in partnership under Working Title Films. The settlement was reached after both firms exchanged additional audit information and met in mediation. StudioCanal's 2013 suit alleged that Universal Studios underreported income from several films the two companies made, failed to report ancillary revenue, double-charged for producing fees and deducted unsubstantiated expenses. Universal countered that the firm had actually been overpaid on four movies.

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