Deborah Handelman, Veteran Hollywood Legal Exec, Dies at 63

She worked at Armstrong Hirsch, Loeb & Loeb and home video division of Embassy Pictures.

Deborah Handelman, who worked in entertainment law for four decades, died April 17 after a 2 1/2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63.

From 1989-2004, Handelman worked at Armstrong Hirsch as a senior legal assistant and represented the firm’s clients in their development and production of television series and movies, most notably Everyone Loves Raymond for the duration of the CBS series.

Later, Handelman joined Loeb & Loeb as an entertainment contract specialist.

A native of Brooklyn, Handelman began as an entertainment paralegal at Silverberg Rosen Leon & Behr, then joined Embassy Home Entertainment in 1984, overseeing contract administration where she aided in acquiring the rights to the Samuel Goldwyn and Janus film libraries and The March of Time newsreel series.

Survivors include her sister Steffi and her husband Jim, her brother Bob Handelman and his wife Barbara, her niece Kali Handelman and her nephews Daniel, Jason and Sasha. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in her memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Network aka “PanCan.”