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Producer George Zecevic dies

Was involved in creation of 'Nightmare on Elm Street'

Film producer George Zecevic, founder of Smart Egg Pictures, died in Los Angeles on Jan. 20. He was 75.

At Smart Egg, Zecevic produced and co-produced films in the U.S., Sweden and the former Yugoslavia directed by Dusan Makavejev, Milos Misa Radivojevic, Jovan Acin, Wes Craven and many others.

London-based Smart Egg was involved in the production of “The Coca Cola Kid” (1985) as well as films including “Montenegro” (1981), helmed by Makavejev; “Una” (1984), directed by Radivojevic; “Hey Babu Riba” (1985), Acin; “The Gypsies” (1988), Emir Kusturica; and “Villa Orchid” (1988), Kresimir Golik.

Smart Egg’s most successful American venture was partnering with New Line Cinema, selecting and co-producing Wes Craven’s original horror thriller “Nightmare on Elm Street,” which launched Freddy Kruger and a franchise. With New Line, Smart Egg Pictures also produced the successful film “Critters” and its sequels.

Zecevic was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia. He earned a university degree in Economics in Belgrade and later earned an MBA at NYU. In addition to his film biz efforts, he was also involved in the auto industry.

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