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RIP Greg Coote

Australian industry executive Greg Coote has died at home in Los Angeles, aged 72. Coote was a former CEO of Village Roadshow and more recently chair of distributor China Lion, founded by fellow Village Roadshow executive Milt Barlow.

Like Barlow, Coote had developed an increased interest in Asian cinema as his career progressed. He was also a director of major Indian production and distribution Eros International and the chair of the board of ScreenSingapore from its creation in 2010. At ScreenSingapore last year, Coote and Malaysian partner, producer Leon Tan, launched DragonSlate Media. Coote also served as an advisor for Singapore’s Media Development Authority.

Greg Coote

Greg Coote (r) and Leon Tan launch DragonSlate Media at ScreenSingapore

Coote worked for Village Roadshow for many years in two stints, either side of time turning around the fortunes of Rupert Murdoch’s network Ten and working in the US for Columbia. In 1982, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the film industry.

Coote was chair and CEO of Dune Entertainment which co-financed Avatar with Fox. He was also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

His funeral will be held in Santa Monica on Wednesday, with a memorial service to be arranged in Sydney.