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Doug Davison

Doug Davison most recently produced the haunted-house thriller The Grudge, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and was based on the 2000 Japanese film Ju-On, directed by Takashi Shimizu. The box-office hit currently holds the record for the biggest horror opening weekend of all time following its October 2004 release. Davison is currently in post-production on Il Mare, a love story starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock and directed by Alejandro Agresti for Warner Bros.

Davison produced those films with Roy Lee, his partner in Vertigo Entertainment, a motion picture development and production company the pair founded in 2001 (based at Miramax's Dimension Films). Their first production, DreamWorks' The Ring (adapted from Hideo Nakata's popular 1998 Japanese fright film) opened a year later to resounding success in both the U.S. and overseas, tallying a quarter-billion dollars at the global box office.

Davison is currently supervising development of a number of projects at Vertigo with several Hollywood studios, including their recently signed distribution deal with Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Those titles include The Departed (a police thriller now in production starring Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio under the direction of Martin Scorsese), Chaos (a thriller starring Robert De Niro), Hideo Nakata's remake of the paranormal thriller The Entity, The Grudge sequel, Smoke, Addicted, The Eye, Antarctica (directed by Frank Marshall and currently filming on location in British Columbia), a remake of the 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers to be directed by German helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel, and Coach, a family comedy to star Diane Keaton.

Davison, a native of Washington, D.C., attended Hamilton College in upstate New York. After graduating with a degree in English literature, he relocated to New York City, where he pursued work in the film industry, first as a set production assistant (Die Hard: With A Vengeance), then as a script reader at New Line Cinema. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Davison landed at Mad Chance Productions where, under the tutelage of Andrew Lazar, he worked as the company's director of development before becoming President of Production, co-producing Warner Bros.' Death to Smoochy, written by Adam Resnick, directed by Danny DeVito, and starring Robin Williams and Edward Norton. While at Mad Chance, Davison also developed such projects as Space Cowboys, Cats and Dogs and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

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