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Dubai Film Bizzer Tim Smythe Dead at 54

Producer worked on 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' 'Syriana'

The United Arab Emirates film community is mourning the death of Tim Smythe, who was known in Hollywood as the Dubai go-to guy for pics including “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Syriana,” and “The Kingdom.”

Smythe, who had moved from South Africa to Dubai where he set up his Filmworks company in 1998, died April 16 following a battle with cancer. He was 54.

Besides being instrumental to luring Hollywood shoots to the UAE, Smythe also played a crucial role in building the local industry. He produced the first Emirati feature, Ali F. Mostafa’s Dubai-set romancer “City of Life,” a local hit which held its own against yank blockbusters at the home box office.

Smythe is survived by wife Julie and three daughters, Kaya, Maya and Livia.

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