Universal Studios President Ron Meyer has asked Marc Shmuger and David Linde to succeed Stacey Snider as chairman of Universal Pictures, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Wednesday), citing people familiar with the matter. The newspaper said that contract negotiations between the company and Shmuger, currently vice president of the pictures unit, and Linde, co-head of the art-film unit, Focus Features, are currently in progress.. An announcement of the promotions could be announced before the end of the week, the newspaper said.