Debra Martin Chase
Debra Martin Chase is a two time Emmy nominated motion picture and television producer. Her company, Martin Chase Productions, is an affiliate of the Walt Disney Company.
Chase is the executive producer of the film and soundtrack for The Cheetah Girls 2, the sequel to the very successful Disney Channel original musical, which debuts in August 2006. Shot entirely on location in Barcelona, Spain, the movie is based on the best-selling Hyperion book series and stars Raven-Symone, Sabrina Bryan, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Lynn Whitfield. The soundtrack for the original movie, which she also executive produced, went double platinum.
The summer of 2005 saw the release of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants which Chase produced for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers. Based upon the bestselling book by Ann Brashares and starring Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrara, and Blake Lively, it was declared by Variety to be one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year.
She also executive produced the Lifetime Television series, Missing. It ran for three seasons, and starred Vivica A. Fox and Mark Consuelos. When the show initially aired in August 2003, it was the most watched series debut in the network's history.
Chase produced The Princess Diaries for Disney. The movie grossed over $109 million in domestic box office receipts and sold over 17 million video and DVD units. She also produced its hit sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
Chase is the co-creator as well as producer of the teen workout DVD BYOU starring Sabrina Bryan of The Cheetah Girls. BYOU is a dance and fitness DVD created so that girls can have fun learning the latest dance moves and get fit at the same time. It combines pop and hip hop dance movements with strength and cardio training in three routines moving from beginner to advanced.
Chase was one of the executive producers of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which aired in November 1997 on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney and starred Brandy, Whitney Houston, and Whoopi Goldberg. The musical was an enormous hit attracting over 60 million viewers. It received a total of seven Emmy nominations and won the Emmy for Art Production.
Chase was the motion picture and television producing partner of Whitney Houston in BrownHouse Productions from 1995 to 2000. She ran Mundy Lane Entertainment, Denzel Washington’s production company, from April 1992 to August 1995. Mundy Lane’s first theatrical production was Devil In A Blue Dress. Chase and Washington also executive produced Hank Aaron: Chasing The Dream, a two-hour documentary on the baseball legend, which aired on the TBS Superstation in April 1995. It was nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy and received a Peabody Award, the Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival and was voted Best Documentary by the National Association of Minorities in Cable.
Chase executive produced the Fox 2000 feature, Courage Under Fire, which stars Washington and Meg Ryan and was directed by Ed Zwick. She co-produced The Preacher’s Wife for Touchstone Pictures which stars Washington and Houston and was directed by Penny Marshall. Chase originated and developed this project at Mundy Lane.
Prior to her arrival at Mundy Lane, Chase held several positions at Columbia Pictures. She joined the studio in July 1989 as an attorney in the Motion Pictures Legal Department. A year later she went to work for studio Chairman Frank Price as his Executive Assistant. Just prior to his departure from Columbia in 1991, Price made her Director of Creative Affairs.
Chase began her career as an attorney and worked at several major law firms and Fortune 500 corporations in Houston and Manhattan. She received her J.D. from the Harvard Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College.
Chase has a long-standing interest in politics and the arts. In the 1988 presidential campaign, she served on the national and New York finance committees for candidate Michael Dukakis and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was a founding member of the Contemporary Friends of the Studio Museum in Harlem and served four years on the Community Resource Advisory Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 1994, she was selected to be a member of the British-American Project, an annual international symposium sponsored by the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University and Britain's Royal Institute of International Affairs. In 1995 and 1996, she served on the Nominating Committee for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
She serves on the Producers Council of the Producers Guild of America, the Columbia College Chicago President’s Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles - based United Friends of Foster Children, the Producing Mentor Board of USC’s Peter Stark Program and the Advisory Board of the Heartland Film Festival. In August of 2003, Savoy Magazine named Chase one of the 100 most influential Blacks in America. In October 2003, Essence Magazine named her one of the fifty African American women shaping the world.