19 November 2013 6:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eddie Egan is leaving Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment after almost two decades at the studio, where his successes have included “Bridesmaids” and the “Despicable Me” and “Fast” franchises.

NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer made the disclosure Tuesday in an email to employees, called Egan “one of the most uniformly respected and admired executives in our company.”

The studio did not indicate whether Egan’s slot as head of marketing at Universal’s Illumination Entertainment would be filled.

“His passion and dedication have played a critical role in building Universal’s marketing organization, which is one of the best in the business,” Meyer said. “He’s also been a huge leader in the effort to grow and expand our family entertainment brand, Illumination Entertainment.”

Egan (pictured above with Universal chairman Donna Langley and producer Marc Platt) held the top marketing slot at Universal until mid-2011 when Josh Goldstine took over »


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