Sharon Waxman is reporting in the N.Y. Times that Universal president Ron Meyer is about to appoint the studio’s distribution and marketing vp Marc Schmuger to fill the departing Stacey Snider‘s job as president of production…half of it, that is. Schmuger, presumed by Meyer to be not fully up to speed on relationships with the talent community, may wind up sharing the new job, according to speculation, with either Focus Features co-president David Linde or Sci-Fi Channel and USA Network topper Bonnie Hammer. L.A. Times reporters Lorenza Munoz and Claudia Eller are hearing it’s basically Schmuger-Linde… forget Hammer. They’re also reporting that “Meyer’s first choice for the job was Universal’s former co-production head Scott Stuber. But Stuber, who has a rich producer’s deal at the studio with partner Mary Parent, was not interested in returning to the executive ranks.”