Magazine article Screen International

Filmworks CEO Tim Smythe Dies

Magazine article Screen International

Filmworks CEO Tim Smythe Dies

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Founding CEO of Dubai-based Filmworks lured shoots of Syriana and The Kingdom to the region.

Dubai-based producer Tim Smythe, a key figure in United Arab Emirates's burgeoning film industry, has died aged 54.

Staff at Smythe's Dubai-based Filmworks production company confirmed to ScreenDaily that the producer had passed away overnight following a battle with cancer.

Smythe started his career in his native South Africa, making feature films and television series highlighting the injustice of the Apartheid regime, before producing commercials worldwide.

He founded his Dubai-based Filmworks in 1998.

A key pole of his business plan was building up a state-of-the-art equipment facility on a par with facilities in Europe and the US.

Initially focused on executively producing commercials for the likes of Coca Cola, Pepsi, Audi and General Motors, Smythe steadily expanded the business to make it one of the biggest production facilities houses in the region.

The company today has satellite offices across the world, including in Los Angeles, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Beirut.

A major coup for Smythe was convincing Warner Bros to shoot Syriana in Dubai. …

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