Deborah Liebling is President of Television for Red Hour Films where she is partnered with Ben Stiller. They are premiering two series, THE BIRTHDAY BOYS at IFC on Oct. 18th and THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL at Comedy Central, and are currently producing two more pilots for Comedy Central (BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FL and ANOTHER PERIOD). They are also developing REALITY BITES for TV at NBC and have scripts at HBO, Showtime, FOX and ABC.
Prior to joining Red Hour, she was President of Production at Universal Pictures where she oversaw the development and production of the hit movie, BRIDESMAIDS, along with THE CHANGE-UP, TOWER HEIST, CONTRABAND, PITCH PERFECT, SAFE HOUSE, TED and WANDERLUST. Prior to that, Deborah served as President of Fox Atomic Pictures, a start-up genre division of 20th Century Fox, that released JENNIFER’S BODY (Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, Megan Fox), I LOVE YOU BETH COOPER (Chris Columbus, Hayden Panettiere), and THE ROCKER (Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Christina Applegate, Shawn Levy producer).
She spent 5 years as an Executive Vice President of Production for 20th Century Fox Films where she was responsible for such hits as BORAT, DODGEBALL, BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE, among many other films there.
Deborah was chief development and production executive for Comedy Central for the previous 7 years. There she was solely responsible for the development and realization of the cultural phenomenon SOUTH PARK (as well as Producer on the film SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER, UNCUT), THE MAN SHOW (starring Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla), WIN BEN STEIN’S MONEY, BATTLEBOTS, PRIMETIME GLICK and many other original series on the channel.
She spent several years as a freelance producer and also a development consultant for the following companies: Nickelodeon, where she oversaw all of the west coast development and production; FX, which was a start-up and kick-started west coast development, and producer of several comedy series for HBO, ABC (specials and pilots), VH-1, and NBC.
Liebling moved to LA where she was hired to Executive Produce a new NBC Series for the children’s Saturday morning block. Before that she spent 6 years as a staff producer at MTV in NYC, where she was among the original team that formed the channel’s programming. She is proudly responsible for producing the first MTV SPRING BREAK at Daytona Beach, and THE NEW YEARS EVE ROCK AND ROLL BALL. Along with other classics TOP MTV VIDEO COUNTDOWN, THE BASEMENT TAPES, and THE BIG PICTURE.
Liebling’s first job was as a Production Coordinator at WNET in NYC in the experimental film and television group called THE TV LAB.
She received a B.S. from Boston University in TV and film. And in 2010 she was asked back to deliver the commencement address at the College of Communications where she received a Distinguished Alumni Award.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She is on the board of Directors for WOMEN IN FILM, the MIAMI WORLD CINEMA CENTER, dedicated to the education and development of film talent in southern Florida and WESTMARK SCHOOL, dedicated to educating children with learning differences. She is also an active participant in the BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS LA Chapter. She was honored by GIRLS, INC for her commitment to the organization and supporting education scholarships for economically challenged girls.
She has been nominated for several Emmy awards and has been recognized by the AFI for her work on BORAT.