Universal Studios Hollywood hires former Microsoft execs for a second round of creative leadership

By James Mottemple Next Big Entertainment Universal Studios is getting its hands on a second-round group of talent, including former Microsoft executive and former CEO Steve Ballmer.

The company confirmed Thursday that it has hired Andrew J. Breslow, a former Microsoft CFO and vice president of marketing, to join the company as chief creative officer.

Bregoli has worked with Microsoft on the Xbox One and its Kinect peripheral.

He is a member of the executive team that led the company’s acquisition of Pixar and Lucasfilm in March.

Brestlow is an expert in content creation for video games, and he will report directly to Bresoldi.

The hire comes after Ballmer stepped down from his post as CEO in March to focus on his philanthropic work.

The announcement came just hours after Breslongs departure, and the company has been steadily bolstering its own creative department.

Bremlows hire is a huge boost for the company, as it is hoping to expand its presence at the next round of big-budget blockbusters that are being considered by studios.

Universal Studios’ creative director, Josh Schwartz, is leaving in December.

The studio announced Thursday that the next-generation blockbuster “Avatar” will be released this summer.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to our studio and we look forward to working with him in his new role,” Universal Studios president of entertainment Joel Silver said in a statement.

The move comes after Warner Bros. dropped its offer to acquire Universal Studios last year, and Warner Bros.’ new chairman of content, Brad Grey, said that he was disappointed with the deal.

“Our intent was never to sell Warner Bros., but to see the right fit and execute on it,” Grey said in May.

“I am disappointed with this agreement.

I have had my share of discussions with Andrew about the future of our studios and their respective creative teams.

The future is very bright and we believe in Universal Studios, and we have great respect for its leadership.”

Universal has a string of blockbuster releases in the works, including “Captain America: Civil War” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Warner Bros is aiming to bring a “Suicide Squad” sequel to theaters this year.

The next-gen blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

2″ is expected to be released in 2019.