Westport is 3,000 miles from LA. We’re more tuned in to who’s up and down on Wall Street than in Hollywood.
So the news that Peter Cramer is the new president of Universal Pictures Studios won’t mean much to “06880” readers.
Unless they realize that — back in the day — Peter Cramer was always called Packy.
The 1985 Staples High School graduate was a track star and soccer player. He’s been with Universal since 2005, most recently as president of production. In that role the studio achieved record results, including the most profitable year in its history (2014), and the highest grossing domestic and worldwide box office totals of any studio ever (2015).
He led the launch of the Pitch Perfect, Ride Along, Purge, Ted and Neighbors franchises. He also oversaw the highest grossing film in Universal’s history (Jurassic World), and recent hits like Get Out, Lucy, Safe House, Unbroken, Identity Thief, The Visit and Mamma Mia Here We Go Again.
As senior executive vice president of production, he oversaw American Gangster and Ford/Nixon.
Before Universal he worked at New Regency Productions, Daybreak Productions and HBO Films. He started his career at Creative Artists.
Packy — er, Peter — graduated from Harvard University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their 2 sons.