Nikki Rocco, the first and only female distribution chief at a major studio, has announced her retirement.
Rocco joined Universal as a 17-year-old high-school senior and stayed on at the studio for the next 47 years. She will leave after 18 years at her current position and continue on at Universal as a consultant.
“Universal has been my home longer than any other home I’ve had, so it’s hard to imagine not coming to the lot every day and not crunching numbers with my team every weekend,” she said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the industry’s best and most talented executives, filmmakers and exhibitors, and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished together. While this was a hard decision for me, I am excited to spend time with family and friends and travel… but I’ll likely still be up at 4:00 AM checking box-office numbers.”