UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, July 17, 2013-Universal Pictures today announced that in January of 2014, Mark Link will retire from his role as Vice President, Print Control after 38 years with the studio. Current Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning, Noah Bergman will succeed Link in the newly created position, Vice President Content Services for Domestic Distribution. Bergman will report to President of Universal Pictures Distribution Nikki Rocco.
Link began his career with Universal in 1975 as a booker in the Jacksonville, Florida office, licensing film to local theaters. His many subsequent Distribution roles included Regional Accounting, which included auditing, and the development and deployment of the first online computer network within the business unit, Manager of National Accounting, and Director of Branch Operations. In 1999, he was promoted to his current position as Vice President of Print Control - managing feature film fulfillment for the studio and overseeing the transition from 35MM prints to digital distribution.
"I've had the pleasure of working with Mark since he began his employment with our Company," said Rocco. "Throughout his career at Universal, he has made wonderful contributions in many areas of Distribution. He assumed the responsibilities of managing all domestic print control at a pivotal time in our industry when the industry began reconfiguring from physical print to digital delivery and exhibition. Mark surely played an integral part in managing Universal's digital cinema rollout strategy." During the coming months prior to his retirement, Mark will work towards seamlessly transitioning Noah into his new duties.
Bergman has been with Universal since 2007. In his new role for the Distribution Division, he will oversee both feature film fulfillment and content delivery strategy, bringing with him his expertise in previously managing the studio's digital cinema strategy, evaluating and enabling new cinema technologies, and exploring emerging content opportunities. Noah will continue as Universal's acting Board Member for Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), the recently announced theatrical satellite distribution venture, of which Universal Pictures is co-owner, and as one of Universal's studio representatives on Digital Cinema Initiatives LLC, the organization that sets voluntary specifications for an open and secure digital cinema distribution and exhibition architecture.
Bergman holds a Masters in Business Administration, with focus in corporate strategy, from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2007, Bergman spent time in strategic positions at both PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and IBM Corporation.
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