Sean Daniel is resigning as president of production at MCA Inc.'s Universal Pictures unit to become president of Geffen Co.'s film division, effective March 1. Geffen Co. is a joint venture of music and film entrepreneur David Geffen and Warner Communications Inc.
A Universal Pictures executive said Casey Silver, currently Universal's executive vice president for production, is expected to be named president. Silver and Daniel didn't return telephone calls, and a Universal spokesman declined to comment on Daniel's successor.
Daniel, 36, joined Universal as a film production executive in 1976 and was named to the production presidency in 1984. He was the movie studio's second-highest creative officer, immediately behind Thomas Pollock, an entertainment attorney who became chairman of MCA's motion picture group in 1986.
Pollock, who represented Daniel when he was still practicing law, said Daniel "is a good friend, and while we are very sad to see him leave, we wish him only success."