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Eddie Cunningham named president of Universal Pictures global home entertainment

 Eddie Cunningham named president of Universal Pictures global home entertainment
Eddie Cunningham will be Universal Pictures' president of global home entertainment. (NBC Universal, Inc.)

Universal Pictures has tapped Eddie Cunningham to be its president of worldwide home entertainment, and company veteran Craig Kornblau, who led the studio's domestic home entertainment operation, is departing after 16 years.

With the move, Universal joins other major studios that have aleady transitioned to a management structure that unifies their home entertainment divisions under a global head.

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Cunningham, who is based in London and will relocate to Los Angeles, has served as president of Universal Pictures International Entertainment for eight years. He is adding domestic responsibilities to his portfolio.

Cunningham continues to report to Universal Pictures President and Chief Distribution Officer Peter Levinsohn.

"Eddie has had tremendous results as head of our international home entertainment division, and he will be a terrific leader for our group as we work to shape the future of Universal's home entertainment business with an even greater global focus," Levinsohn said in a statement.

Levinsohn also praised longtime Universal executive Kornblau, calling him "a tremendous asset to our company."

"He's been a leader in our industry and he's helped Universal to continually find new and innovative ways to distribute and market our films in the home entertainment space," Levinsohn said. "We are extremely grateful to him for his years of service."

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