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10 Producers to Watch: Campbell-Grobman Films

Friends Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell came together as producing partners in 2011 as Campbell-Grobman Films after working as exec producers to help set up films such as Lionsgate’s “Leatherface 3D” and Kat Coiro’s romantic comedy “A Case of You,” which stars Justin Long, Sienna Miller and Brendan Fraser.

Grobman also was an exec producer on the Michael Shannon-Chris Evans crime drama “The Iceman” and James Cox’s indie dramedy “Straight A’s,” both of which co-star Campbell.

The duo scored with 2013’s “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” which took in $47 million worldwide.

But don’t label them as horror queens.

“We’ve done a lot of different things,” says Campbell, whose acting credits include “Drive Angry,” “The Mechanic” and a fair amount of genre. “We were nominated for an Emmy for (documentary) ‘Brave Miss World,’ ” she adds, and their list also includes exec producing duties on “She’s Funny That Way,” with Jennifer Aniston that recently bowed at the Venice Film Festival, and “Criminal,” starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones.

Other pics on their docket include “Eliza Graves,” with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine; “Red Sonja,” based on the graphic novels; and “Day of the Dead,” a remake of the George Romero film.

“It’s all about what works,” Campbell says.

Grobman identifies herself as a “huge documentary freak,” and has several on her resume.

“(Campbell is) a big horror fan, I’m far away from that. But all of a sudden I’m a big horror queen because our biggest box office success was ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D.’ I’m a romantic comedy girl. I love drama.”

But Grobman understands the reality of the market and what sells, which right now is genre.

“Who doesn’t love a good thriller or action movie? A good movie is a good movie!”

More producers to watchRobert Ogden Barnum, Jessica Elbaum, The Gotham Group, Ken Kao, David Kaplan, Katie Mustard, Ido Ostrowsky & Nora Grossman, Dimitri Rassam, Lila Yacoub

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