VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
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. His Disney-based company, Mandeville Films, is among the most profitable and respected production labels in the entertainment industry.
Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced feature films that have grossed more than $1 billion in domestic boxoffice receipts. Mandeville partners Hoberman and Todd Lieberman most recently produced Insurgent, the second installment of the Divergent series, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, which grossed $297 million in worldwide boxoffice receipts.
In 2010, they produced director David O. Russell’s critically acclaimed Academy Award-nominated feature The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. Produced for $25 million, the film grossed more than $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. The Muppets, starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter, the newest Muppet, was one of the best-reviewed films of 2011 and earned the Academy Award for Best Song. The next Muppet installment, Muppets Most Wanted, starring the Muppet gang and some new humans, including Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, premiered in 2014.
Upcoming movies under the Mandeville banner include Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky; Wonder, based on R.J. Palacio’s best-selling YA novel; and the independent feature By Way of Helena, starring Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.
Mandeville also produced the hit comedy The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. The Proposal was the highest-grossing romantic comedy of 2009, earning more than $317 million worldwide. It was the People’s Choice Award winner for best comedy of the year. The company also produced the hit genre-bending “zombie romance” Warm Bodies and the broad comedy 21 and Over. Additionally, Mandeville has a thriving television arm, with a number of new projects set up at ABC.
Hoberman founded Mandeville Films in 1995 and signed a five-year, first-look pact with the Walt Disney Studios. Under the aegis of this Mandeville/Disney relationship, he produced The Negotiator, George of the Jungle, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Senseless, The Other Sister, Mr. Wong and The Sixth Man.
In 1999, Hoberman signed a first-look deal for Mandeville at the 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 Hounsou, 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. 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 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 created the award-winning Monk, a one-hour series for USA Network. Executive-produced by Mandeville, Monk aired for eight seasons. Additionally, Mandeville produced the gritty ABC crime series Detroit 1-8-7, starring Michael Imperioli, as well as The Kill Point, starring Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo for Spike TV.
Prior to forming Mandeville Films, Hoberman served as president of the Motion Picture Group of the Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for overseeing development and production for all feature films for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures. During Hoberman’s tenure, Disney was often the top studio in domestic boxoffice grosses. In 1990, Pretty Woman, supervised by Hoberman, was the top-grossing film of the year, and its soundtrack was the top-selling soundtrack of the year. Hoberman was behind 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, The 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 full-length stop-motion animation 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.
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.
Hoberman is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Suffolk University in Boston and on the Board of Overseers at the Hammer Museum.
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