David Hoberman is the Founder and Partner of Mandeville Films and Television. He is one of the leading producers in the entertainment industry today, having made his mark on more than 100 movies. Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced feature films that have grossed well over $1 billion in domestic box office receipts. Mandeville Films recently renewed its first look deal with Disney and will have enjoyed 20 years there in 2015. Hoberman will have worked at Disney in some capacity for 30 years at the end of their current deal.
Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman produced the critically hailed Academy Award©-nominated feature "The Fighter," starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, directed by David O. Russell. Produced for $25 million, the film has grossed over $125 million worldwide and earned a host of awards, including an Academy Award© nomination for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Actress Awards for Bale and Leo. Mandeville also produced the hit film "The Muppets," starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams and a new Muppet named Walter. Directed by James Bobin ("Flight of the Conchords") and written by Segel and Nick Stoller, "The Muppets" was one of the best reviewed films of 2011 and earned the Academy Award© for Best Song.
The company has a broad slate of upcoming projects that encompass a variety of genres, including the comedy "21 and Over," written and directed by "The Hangover" screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, starring Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright, which Relativity will distribute, and "Warm Bodies," the genre-bending zombie romance based on Isaac Marion’s novel, starring Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich and Teresa Palmer, written and directed by Jonathan Levine, for Summit/Lionsgate. The Financial Times wrote of the book’s main character, "Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein’s?" and The Guardian noted that "Marion is a disarming writer, ruefully humorous, knowingly cinematic in scope. This is a slacker-zombie novel with a heart." Also in the works is "The Muppets 2," as well as the feature version of the popular Disney Channel cartoon "Phineas and Ferb". Mandeville is also preparing films based on the Top Cow comic books "Crosshair," "Alibi" and "The Darkness." Mandeville will produce "The Darkness" with Len Wiseman ( director of the "Underworld" franchise and the upcoming "Total Recall") for New Regency.
Mandeville produced the hit romantic comedy "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. "The Proposal" was the highest grossing romantic comedy of 2009, earning over $317 million worldwide. It was the People’s Choice award winner for Best Comedy of the year. The company also produced the acclaimed and gritty network television series "Detroit 1-8-7," starring Michael Imperioli, set in and filmed in Detroit as well as "The Kill Point," starring Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo for Spike TV. Mandeville created the award-winning "Monk," a one-hour series for USA Network. Executive produced by Mandeville, "Monk" aired for eight seasons.
These and many other popular films and television shows make Mandeville Films among the most profitable and respected production labels in the entertainment industry.
Hoberman founded Mandeville Films in 1995 and signed a first-look five-year pact with Walt Disney Studios. Under the aegis of this Mandeville/Disney relationship, Hoberman produced "The Negotiator," "George of the Jungle," "I’ll Be Home for Christmas," "Senseless," "The Other Sister," "Mr. Wrong and "The Sixth Man."
In 1999, Hoberman utilized Hyde Park Entertainment’s financing capabilities and co-financed and produced "Anti-Trust," "What’s the Worse That Could Happen?" and "Bandits," all for MGM. During this time, Hoberman also began working with Todd Lieberman, who was senior vice-president of international finance and production for Hyde Park Entertainment.
In 2002, Hoberman signed a first-look deal for Mandeville at Walt Disney Studios with Lieberman. Two years later, Lieberman became a co-partner in the company.
In 2003, Mandeville produced the box-office hits "Bringing Down the House," starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, "Raising Helen," starring Kate Hudson and directed by Garry Marshall, and "Walking Tall," starring Dwayne Johnson at MGM. In 2005, Mandeville released "Beauty Shop," starring Queen Latifah, Djimon Honsou, Kevin Bacon and Alicia Silverstone.
In 2006, Mandeville produced the arctic adventure "Eight Below," starring Paul Walker, and "The Shaggy Dog," starring Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr. and Kristin Davis and directed by Brian Robbins. "Kill Point," a TV Series starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, premiered in summer 2007 for Spike TV. In 2008, Mandeville released the popular family adventure film "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Piper Perabo and the voices of Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, and George Lopez, and the international spy thriller "Traitor," starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce. Mandeville also produced the sci-fi thriller "Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis.
The company also created the award-winning "Monk," a one-hour series for USA Network. Executive produced by Mandeville, "Monk" aired for eight seasons.
Prior to forming Mandeville Films, Hoberman served as president of the Motion Picture Group of Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for overseeing development and production for all feature films for Walk Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures. During Hoberman’s tenure, Disney was often the number one studio in domestic box office grosses. In 1990, "Pretty Woman," supervised by Hoberman, was the number one grossing film of the year, and its soundtrack was the top-selling soundtrack of the year. Hoberman was also behind the releasing of major blockbusters including "Father of the Bride," "What About Bob," "Dead Poets Society," "Crimson Tide," "The Jungle Book," "Ed Wood," "Dangerous Minds," "Ruthless People," "Beaches," "The Rocketeer," "The Doctor," "Sister Act," "Alive," "What’s Love Got To Do With It," "Cool Runnings," "Three Musketeers," "Tin Men," "Stakeout," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Three Men and a Baby," and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." While an executive at Disney, Hoberman championed the first-ever stop-motion-animated full-length feature, Tim Burton’s "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
Hoberman started his career working in the mailroom at ABC and quickly ascended in the entertainment business, working for Norman Lear’s Tandem/T.A.T. in television and film. He worked as a talent agent at ICM before joining Disney in 1985. Today, Hoberman is an associate professor with UCLA’s Graduate School in the Producers Program. He sat on the board of the Starlight Starbright Foundation for more than 10 years, is a member of the Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and sat on the Board of the Los Angeles Free Clinic for six years. He is currently a member of the Board of Overseers at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Hoberman is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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