Deborah Liebling has been a significant comedy influencer in film and TV both as an executive and as a producer. She is also partnered with renowned film director Sam Raimi in a TV company with W.I.I.P. (Word, Idea, Imagination, Production) Studios. Together, they have set up a new series and a feature film at Amazon, a series at UCP, a feature film at Fox, and a horror anthology series at Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s newplatform.

Deborah is currently executive producing a new comedy series for Hulu (PEN15 – 10 eps), which premieres 2/19, and has another comedy series in development at FBC Studios. She just completed production on a feature film for Studio 71 (Plus One starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid). She is currently converting two novels tofilm.

Deborah is Executive Vice President of Women in Film, and serves on the board of ReFrame, a WIF organisation that works with50Hollywoodleaderstofurthergenderparityintheindustry.

Prior to this, Deborah was President of Red Hour Films, where, with her partner, Ben Stiller, she produced four new television series – Another Period(3 seasons) and the critically-acclaimed, Big Time In Hollywood, Florida – which join The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail (3 seasons) on Comedy Central and The Birthday Boyson IFC (2 seasons) which she produced with Bob Odenkirk.

Prior to joining Red Hour, she was President of Production at Universal Pictures where she oversaw the development and production of many hit films including Bridesmaids, The Change-Up, Pitch Perfect, Tower Heist, American Pie 2, Contraband, Safe House, Ted, and Wanderlust.

In 2009, Deborah served as President of Fox Atomic Pictures, a start-up genre division of 20th Century Fox that released Jennifer’s Body, I Love You Beth Cooper, and The Rocker. As Executive Vice President of features at 20th Century Fox, Deborah was responsible for the hits Borat, Dodgeball, John Tucker Must Die, Because Of Winn Dixie, Idiocracy, Stuck On You and many other successful feature films.

Deborah was chief development and production executive for Comedy Central for the previous 7 years. There she was solely responsible for the development and realization of the cultural phenomenon South Park (as well as Producer on the film South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut), The Man Show (starring Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla), Win Ben Stein’s Money, Battlebots, Primetime Glick (with Martin Short) and many other original series on the channel.

Deborah is a graduate of Boston University, College of Communications where she was asked to come back and deliver  the Commencement Speech in 2010 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award. She has been nominated for several Emmy awards as Executive Producer of South Park.

In addition to Women In Film, Deborah holds board positions at:

  • Westmark School (Encino, CA)—2-12 Academic School for Students with Learning Differences
  • Harold Ramis Comedy Film School Advisory Board, Second City (Chicago,IL)


Debbie will be hosting a Roundtable on “Understanding the market for comedy in the US”.


Producer & Principal


Debbie Liebling has been a significant comedy influencer in film and TV. She recently partnered with renowned director Sam Raimi in a new company, Skydance Media, with TV series and films in development for Amazon, Comedy Central and Studio 71 amongst others. She has produced films with Ben Stiller and at Universal Pictures she oversaw the development and production of hits including Bridesmaids, The Change-Up and Pitch Perfect. And […]



Conference Hall 2, Level 2

How can Australians take our comedy overseas, and particularly to the U.S? This experienced comedy panel will explore who is buying, what they’re looking for, how to get your show in front of them, and how it can fit with Australia’s domestic broadcasters, addressing the cultural and practical challenges along the way. MODERATOR & PRODUCER Mike Cowap, Senior Producer, Princess Pictures