David Hoberman

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David Hoberman
David Elliot Hoberman

(1952-09-19) September 19, 1952 (age 69)
OccupationFilm and television producer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Tia Yousse (divorced)
Parent(s)Ben Hoberman (father)

David Elliot Hoberman (born September 19, 1952)[1][2] is an American film and television producer, best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the USA Network television series Monk,[3] and the founder and co-owner of Mandeville Films. He has produced over 40 films in his career, including the 2010 drama film The Fighter, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[4]

Early life[edit]

Hoberman was born on September 19, 1952, the son of radio executive Ben Hoberman (1922–2014) and his wife Jacklyn (née Kanter; 1922–2013). Hoberman has an older brother, Thomas (Tom), an entertainment lawyer, and a younger sister, Joan (Joanie).[5][6] He is from a Jewish family.[7]



Hoberman began his showbiz 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.[8] 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.[3]

Mandeville Films[edit]

Hoberman founded Mandeville Films, an independent production company, in 1995. In 2002, along with business partner Todd Lieberman (a former Mandeville employee), Hoberman re-formed Mandeville Films and Television at Disney, after spending three years at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[3] Since 2002, Mandeville has produced a number of films with Disney, such as Bringing Down the House, Raising Helen, The Last Shot, The Shaggy Dog, Eight Below, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and The Muppets.[8]

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.[3]


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.[9][10][11] However, Hoberman came up with the idea of a detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder.[9] This was inspired by his own bout with self-diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder; in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interview, he stated: "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."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hoberman was previously married to Tia Hoberman (née Yousse), with whom he has 3 children. He 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.[3] On October 4, 2011, David Hoberman was selected to be one of the Board of Trustees for Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.[12]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1977 American Raspberry Associate producer
1996 Mr. Wrong Executive producer
1997 The 6th Man
George of the Jungle
1998 Senseless
The Negotiator
I'll Be Home for Christmas
1999 The Other Sister Executive producer
2001 Antitrust Executive producer
What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Original Sin Executive producer
2002 Moonlight Mile Executive producer
2003 Bringing Down the House
George of the Jungle 2 Executive producer Direct-to-video
2004 Walking Tall
Raising Helen
The Last Shot
2005 Beauty Shop
2006 Eight Below
The Shaggy Dog
Five Fingers Executive producer
2008 Traitor
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
The Lazarus Project
2009 The Proposal
2010 The Fighter
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Direct-to-video
The Muppets
2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Direct-to-video
2013 Warm Bodies
21 & Over
2014 Muppets Most Wanted
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Executive producer
Broken Horses Executive producer
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Executive producer
The Duel
2017 Beauty and the Beast
2018 Extinction
2019 The Aeronauts
2022 Shotgun Wedding
White Bird: A Wonder Story
TBA Charming
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Flight of the Navigator
Jax of Heart Executive producer
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Production manager
Year Film Role Notes
1986 Ruthless People Executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios Uncredited
1987 Stakeout
1989 Dead Poets Society
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
1990 Pretty Woman
1991 What About Bob?
The Doctor
Father of the Bride
1992 Sister Act
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
2003 George of the Jungle 2 Airline Passenger Direct-to-video
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role
1978 Blue Collar Production executive: T.A.T. Communications Company


Year Title Credit Notes
1997 Toothless Executive producer Television film
1998 Brink! Executive producer Television film
1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Executive producer
2006 A.K.A. Executive producer Television film
2007 The Kill Point Executive producer
2002−09 Monk Executive producer
2010−11 Detroit 1-8-7 Executive producer
2011 Geek Charming Executive producer Television film
2013 King John Executive producer Television film
2014 Warriors Executive producer Television film
Sea of Fire Executive producer Television film
2015 Wicked City Executive producer
2016 The Family Executive producer
Sing It! Executive producer
2018 The Mission Executive producer Television film
Steps Executive producer Television film
2019 The Fix Executive producer
2020 Harlem's Kitchen Executive producer Television pilot
2021 Hit & Run Executive producer
TBA The Hypnotist's Love Story Executive producer Television pilot
As director
Year Title
2009 Monk

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Black Reel Awards Best Film Traitor (shared with Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Silver and Todd Lieberman) Nominated
2010 Academy Awards Best Picture The Fighter (shared with Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg) Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards ACCA – Best Motion Picture Nominated
2011 AFI Awards Movie of the Year The Fighter (shared with Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg) Won
PGA Awards Best Theatrical Motion Picture Nominated
2012 Christopher Awards Feature Film The Muppets (shared with James Bobin, Martin G. Baker, Bill Barretta, Todd Lieberman, John G. Scotti, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller) Won
BAFTA Awards BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film The Muppets (shared with Todd Lieberman and James Bobin) Nominated
2014 BAFTA Kids' Vote – Feature Film Muppets Most Wanted (shared with James Bobin, Todd Lieberman and Nicholas Stoller) Nominated


  1. ^ "Personal Details for David Elliot Hoberman, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"". FamilySearch.
  2. ^ Hochman, Steve (August 2, 1998). "David Hoberman / Producer". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Monk – Production Bios – David Hoberman". USA Network. Archived from the original on May 6, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "Interview with Producer of "The Fighter" – David Hoberman". Suffolk University. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  5. ^ Weber, Bruce (May 9, 2014). "Ben Hoberman, 91, Pioneer of All-Talk Radio, Is Dead". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Dagan, Carmel (May 6, 2014). "Ben Hoberman, Talk Radio Pioneer, Father of Biz Figures Thomas & David Hoberman, Dies at 91". Variety.
  7. ^ Futterman, Ellen (February 23, 2011). "Oscar night for the Jews". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Biography – David Hoberman". University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Erdmann & Block, p.2
  10. ^ a b Gillies, Judith (June 20, 2003). "TV Preview:'Monk' returns for more disorder-ly police work". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 25, 2008.
  11. ^ Neumaier, Joe (January 24, 2008). "Monk Comes Clean". The Age. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  12. ^ "Board of Trustees Adds New Members". Suffolk University. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original on March 18, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2015.

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