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Michael Silver

President, Global Business Development

Universal Parks & Resorts

Michael Silver is President, Global Business Development, for Universal Parks & Resorts (UPR).

As head of international business development efforts for UPR, Silver works to create new Universal theme parks and resorts in appropriate markets outside the United States, in addition to identifying other tourism, leisure and recreation opportunities for Universal to pursue.  He is responsible for both the negotiation and the implementation of new business initiatives for UPR and, in such capacity, interfaces frequently with its creative, operational and technical teams.

Silver also oversees more than a dozen theme park and location-based entertainment license transactions involving DreamWorks Animation properties that NBCUniversal inherited when it bought DreamWorks Animation in 2016.  In addition, he interfaces with Universal Pictures in connection with its location-based entertainment initiatives.

Prior to assuming his international business development responsibilities, Silver was the lead attorney for Universal Parks & Resorts. In such capacity, he negotiated and reviewed contracts, new business proposals, acquisitions/divestitures, partnerships, financings and sponsorships for the division. He also advised the group on matters involving intellectual property, real estate development, tax, litigation and labor, and employment.

Silver has been with UPR since 1997. He was the Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, for Universal Parks & Resorts from 2002 until early 2010, when he was promoted to his current role. Prior to joining UPR, he was an attorney in private practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Los Angeles and, prior to that, at Dewey Ballantine in New York and Los Angeles.

Silver holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in California and New York.