David Hoberman

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David Hoberman
Born David Elliot Hoberman
Residence Los Angeles
Nationality American
Occupation Producer
Years active 1996–present
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Television Monk
Board member of
Starlight Starbright Foundation[1]
Anxiety Disorders Association of America[1]
Relatives Jethro Rothe-Kushel (cousin)

David Hoberman is an American film producer, best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the USA Network television series Monk.[2] He has produced over 100 films in his career.[3] He is of Jewish descent.[4]


Hoberman began his show biz career with a mailroom job at the American Broadcasting Company, and later joined Norman Lear's Tandem Productions. In 1985, he joined the Walt Disney Studios as a film executive, and before that, he served as a talent agent at the International Creative Management.[1] He was president of the Motion Picture Group at Disney, and was responsible for production of all feature films under Walt Disney, Touchstone, and Hollywood Pictures.[2]

Hoberman co-founded Mandeville Films, an independent production company in 1994 along with Todd Lieberman, and in 2002, Hoberman re-formed Mandeville at Disney, after spending three years at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[2] Since 2002, Mandeville has produced a number of films with Disney, like Bringing Down the House, Raising Helen, The Last Shot, The Shaggy Dog, Eight Below, Beverly Hills Chihuahua and The Muppets.[1]

He was the producer of Disney's live-action picture Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and the first ever stop-motion animated full-length feature, The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was produced by Tim Burton.[2]

Hoberman is a board member of the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and recently joined the Anxiety Disorder Association of America. He has been a visiting assistant professor with UCLA, and was a former board member of the Los Angeles Free Clinic.[2][3]

On October 4, 2011, David Hoberman was voted to be one of the Board of Trustees for Suffolk University in Boston, MA.


Hoberman, along with Andy Breckman, was the co-creator of the American comedy-drama detective mystery television series, Monk, and the protagonist of the series, Adrian Monk.

Monk was originally envisioned as a "more goofy and physical" Inspector Clouseau type of character.[5][6][7] However, Hoberman came up with the idea of a detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder.[5] This was inspired by his own bout with self-diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder; in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interview, he stated that, "Like Monk, I couldn't walk on cracks and had to touch poles. I have no idea why – but if I didn't do these things, something terrible would happen."[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography – David Hoberman". UCLA. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Monk – Production Bios – David Hoberman". USA Network. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Faculty – Distinguished Visiting Scholars 2009–2010 – David Hoberman". Suffolk University. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Futterman, Ellen (February 23, 2011). "Oscar night for the Jews". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Erdmann & Block, p.2
  6. ^ a b Gillies, Judith (June 20, 2003). "TV Preview:'Monk' returns for more disorder-ly police work". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 25, 2008. 
  7. ^ Neumaier, Joe (January 24, 2008). "Monk Comes Clean". The Age. Retrieved January 20, 2009. 

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