Former Dune Chairman Greg Coote Dies at 72

Greg Coote Headshot - P 2013

Greg Coote Headshot - P 2013

The veteran producer had a hand in hits such as "Avatar" and "The Matrix."

Former Dune Entertainment chairman Greg Coote has died. He was 72.

During his time heading Dune, Coote co-financed more than 60 20th Century Fox movies, including James Cameron's Avatar. He also was founding president and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures and oversaw its partnership with Warner Bros., which resulted in The Matrix and other films.

Coote was an Australian native but was based in the U.S. During his long career, the veteran producer also served as managing director of Ten Network and worked as president of Columbia Pictures' International Theatrical division, where he oversaw worldwide acquisition, marketing and distribution.

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In December, he launched Dragonslate, a joint venture with Malaysian producer Leon Tan, which aimed to take advantage of the expanding Asian media development and production sector. Last year, he also formed a $50 million film fund with David Calvert-Jones.

Coote was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served on a number of advisory boards, including the Bona Film Group of China and the Singapore Government's Media Development Authority.

A memorial service will be held July 2 in Santa Monica, while a service in Sydney, Australia, will be held at a date to be announced.