Executive Suite: Mandeville Films
From "The Proposal "to "The Fighter" and "The Muppets," the multigenerational producing team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman chases variety while exploring a "Muppets" sequel.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman followed their best picture Oscar noms for producing The Fighter with a resurrection of the Muppets franchise for Disney, burnishing their status as one of the industry's most eclectic hitmaking teams. A Detroit transplant, Hoberman, 59, earned his stripes as a Disney exec under Jeffrey Katzenberg in the '80s, rising to president of the motion picture group. He left in 1994 and founded Mande-ville Films, where he hired Lieberman, a much younger Cleveland native who's now 38, in 1999. After a stint at Hyde Park Entertainment, they re-formed Mandeville in 2002 under a deal with Disney and have produced modestly budgeted hits there ever since. With The Muppets, the married Lieberman and separated Hoberman — who between them have five kids — have more than $1.2 billion in worldwide grosses under the Mandeville name, with more homegrown film adaptations in the works, including Disney Channel's popular Phineas and Ferb.
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