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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]

David Hoberman
David Elliot Hoberman

(1952-09-19) September 19, 1952 (age 67)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm and television producer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Tia Yousse (divorced)
Parent(s)Ben Hoberman (father)

Early lifeEdit

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 FilmsEdit

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 lifeEdit

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]

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 Academy Awards Best Original Song - "Man or Muppet" The Muppets (shared with James Bobin, Martin G. Baker, Bill Barretta, Todd Lieberman, John G. Scotti, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller)
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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