Universal Pictures Taps Vanity Fair’s Britt Hennemuth

Universal Pictures has hired Britt Hennemuth, who has worked for nearly a decade at Vanity Fair.

Hennemuth has been tapped for a role of senior vp of production development and special projects, which he will begin this summer. Hennemuth, who will report to Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer, leaves his position as West Coast director for Vanity Fair, where he has worked since starting as an intern at the Condé Nast-published magazine in 2015.

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His most recent role at the publication included handling talent relations and outreach across multiple platforms. Hennemuth curated the annual Hollywood Issue and the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in addition to managing the monthly Vanities column. He has written cover stories and features about such prominent talent as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lopez, Renée Zellweger and Timothée Chalamet.

“Britt is a true cinephile, and through his stellar work at Vanity Fair, he has been a leader in telling stories that help shape culture and amplify new voices,” Cramer said in a statement. “His well-respected skills and experience will be the perfect complement to our team at Universal Pictures as we continue to bring a wide range of innovative films to global theatrical audiences.”

In his own statement, Hennemuth made it clear the respect he has for Cramer and Universal chair Donna Langley. “It has been an honor to come of age under Radhika Jones, Krista Smith and Graydon Carter, and work alongside the world class staff and contributors at Vanity Fair,” he said. “I have been incredibly lucky to hold a ring-side seat to our changing culture for the last nine years. It is with the same enthusiasm and passion for storytelling that I will begin my next journey with Universal under Donna and Peter.”

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