Deborah Snyder

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Deborah Snyder
Born Deborah Johnson
Residence Pasadena, California, United States
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1990s–present
Spouse(s) Zack Snyder (m. 2004)

Deborah Snyder (née Johnson)[1] is an American producer of feature films and television commercials. She is married to filmmaker Zack Snyder, and has worked as his frequent producing partner on films such as Watchmen and 300. She is the co-founder of the production company Cruel and Unusual Films.

Personal life[edit]

Deborah Snyder is married to filmmaker Zack Snyder. The couple first met in 1996, and married on September 25, 2004 at the St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, New York.[1] They currently reside in Pasadena, California.[2]


Prior to her career as a film producer, Snyder worked at the New York advertising agency Backer Spielvogel Bates. In 1996, she hired Zack Snyder to direct a commercial for Reebok, hoping to create a commercial with a cinematic feel.[1] At the time, she was dating the art director of the commercial, while Zack Snyder was married.[1] In 1997, Snyder served as producer for the television documentary Talk to Me: Americans in Conversation.[3] In 2002, she hired Zack Snyder to direct a commercial for Soft and Dri deoderant in New Zealand. The couple began dating at the end of filming.[1] In 2004, the couple became the co-founders of Cruel and Unusual Films alongside their producing partner Wesley Coller.

In 2007, Snyder served as an executive producer for Zack Snyder's 2007 film 300, an adaptation of Frank Miller's same-titled graphic novel.[1] She also produced the 2009 film adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen. Snyder has currently served as an executive producer for the 2010 computer-animated film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, which is based on Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a series of children's fantasy books by Kathryn Lasky. The film was released in September 2010.[4] Snyder next produced Sucker Punch, which was co-written, co-produced, and directed by her husband. The film was the first to credit their company Cruel and Unusual Films as a co-producer. Sucker Punch was released theatrically on March 25, 2011.

Snyder produced, alongside Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, the Superman reboot Man of Steel, which Zack Snyder directed. She will also produce a remake of the 1969 film The Illustrated Man with Zack Snyder attached as a director;[5] she will also produce The Last Photograph, a film about a photograph that inspires two men to travel to war-torn Afghanistan. The film will be directed by Sergei Bodrov.[6]


Year Film Role
2007 300 Executive producer
2009 Watchmen Producer
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Executive producer
2011 Sucker Punch Producer
2013 Man of Steel Producer
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Producer
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Producer
Suicide Squad Executive producer
2017 Wonder Woman Producer
Justice League Producer
2018 The Flash Executive producer
Aquaman Producer
2019 Untitled Justice League sequel Producer


  1. ^ a b c d e f Louie, Elaine (October 3, 2004). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS: VOWS; Deborah Johnson and Zack Snyder - New York Times". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Frank Lovece (2009-02-19). "CGI: 'Watchmen'--Zack Snyder brings superhero saga to the finish line". Film Journal International. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Watchmen Movie Crew -". Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Behind the Scenes Clip-Featurette LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIANS". August 28, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Zack Snyder to Direct Illustrated Man -". June 9, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Michael (March 5, 2009). "Bodrov to take WB's 'Photograph' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 

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