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Newmyer to head up studio

Outlaw Prods. has inked a two-year, first-look deal with Columbia Pictures.

Outlaw was headed by producer Bobby Newmyer until his death in December. It will continue on under his wife, producer Deborah Jelin Newmyer.

A former studio executive, Deb Newmyer spent 12 years at Amblin as a senior VP overseeing films such as “The Color Purple,” “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List.”

“When Bobby passed away, there were opportunities that I debated, and then I said, ‘It’s time,'” she told Daily Variety. “I have been tempted to go back to work in different ways before, but we have four children and I really wanted to make sure none of them fell off the ledge.”

Outlaw’s longtime development exec and “Phat Girlz” co-producer Michael Glassman will continue as VP of production and development at the company.

“It’s very nice to be able to bring the team from Bobby’s company over and continue with the Outlaw name,” Newmyer said.

At the top of Outlaw’s development slate is “The Lost Boys of Sudan,” which Brad Silberling is directing at Paramount.

Most recently, Outlaw fully financed Fox Searchlight’s “Phat Girlz”; it’s currently in post-production on Billy Ray’s “Breach” for Universal and “The Santa Clause III” for Disney.

Outlaw, founded in 1987 by Bobby Newmyer and Jeff Silver, has produced 25 feature films, including “sex, lies, and videotape,” “Addicted to Love,” “National Security” and “Training Day.”