Speaker Beatrice Springborn



Beatrice Springborn

President, UCP and Universal International Studios

Universal Studio Group

Beatrice Springborn is President of UCP and Universal International Studios, divisions of Universal Studio Group. She reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group. Springborn oversees all aspects of UCP and Universal International Studios’ award-winning slate with a primary focus on growing the studios’ global production output.

UCP is genre-defying, ground-breaking and subversive storytelling.  This best-in-class studio collaborates with visionary storytellers including Nick Antosca, Brian Chamberlayne, Sam Esmail, Selwyn Hinds, Soo Hugh, Seth MacFarlane and Tanya Saracho. The studio's top titles include Chucky and Resident Alien; the Emmy® Award-winning series The Umbrella Academy, Monk, and Mr. Robot; Emmy-nominated series Candy and Gaslit; as well as acclaimed dramas Dr. Death, The Girl From Plainville.

Universal International Studios (UIS) delivers award-winning content to millions across the globe. Based in London, the in-house production labels include Carnival Films, Monkey, Matchbox Pictures, Working Title Television and Heyday Television. UIS productions include the Netflix hit Clickbait, acclaimed music comedy We Are Lady Parts, BAFTA-winning reality show Made in Chelsea, Emmy Award-nominated series Hanna, the worldwide TV phenomenon Downton Abbey and Dodger for the BBC. 

Springborn joined the studio in 2020 following a six-year run at Hulu where she led comedy and drama development, co-productions and casting across the streamer’s acclaimed and award-winning slate of originals. She is known for implementing the creative strategy on strong book-based IP, such as the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale, Normal People, Little Fires Everywhere, High Fidelity, The Looming Tower, Nine Perfect Strangers, Shrill and Conversations with Friends. Her slate also included The Great, Ramy, Castle Rock, Future Man, Pen15, Dollface, Casual, Wu Tang: An American Saga, Harlots, The First, and the animated series Crossing Swords and Solar Opposites

Additionally, Springborn is no stranger to Universal Studio Group, having overseen UCP’s The Act and the Julie Klausner/Billy Eichner comedy Difficult People, along with Universal Television’s The Mindy Project, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Path. Prior to joining Hulu, she was Head of Television for Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment, which had deals with Universal Television and NBC International.

Springborn has also served as Senior Vice President for Caryn Mandabach Productions (Peaky Blinders), Executive Vice President of Television/Film Production and Development at Valhalla (The Walking Dead) and Vice President of Production and Development at FilmNation Entertainment. She started her executive career in development at Pixar, where she worked on films including Ratatouille and Finding Nemo.

She has an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

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