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Universal to expand film slate by 4 annually

October 2, 2013

YellowBrix

LOS ANGELES - Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures says it is increasing its release slate by four films per year after a record-breaking run at the international box office.

Its Focus Features unit will now release 10 films annually, up from six. Spokeswoman Cindy Gardner says Universal's total slate will rise to about 26 to 28 per year from 22 to 24.

Focus had focused on niche fare like this summer's comedy, "The World's End." It will broaden its purview after also naming a new CEO, Peter Schlessel, on Wednesday. Schlessel had been chief executive of Film District, a small distributor that released films such as "Insidious: Chapter 2" and "Olympus Has Fallen."

Outgoing Focus CEO James Schamus is leaving to produce an upcoming Ang Lee film about boxing.

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