Universal Pictures is sending Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski to the Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday, to search for film acquisitions for not only the studio but specialized film division Focus Features. The studio wants to centralize and streamline its global acquisitions efforts.
Kujawski, who moved to Universal from Focus in September, 2011, will continue to report to Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley and work with Universal Pictures International president David Kosse, as well as returning to the Focus team led by CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen.
At Universal, Kujawski oversaw the acquisition of international rights to such films as Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Martin Scorsese’s”The Wolf of Wall Street,” Spike Lee’s English-language remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s revenge thriller “Oldboy,” “The Expendables 2,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and J.C. Chandor’s Robert Redford-starrer “All Is Lost.”
Kujawski goes all the way back to Good Machine, where he started as assistant to Schamus.