Birthday: 11-10-1956
Age: 62
Star sign: Scorpio

Debra Martin Chase, an African American movie and television producer, was born to Robert Douglas Martin, Beverly M. Barber Martin, in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA. She moved to Pasadena, CA when she was a child. Her early education was done in a local school while she completed her graduation from Mount Holyoke College in B.A. in 1977. Further, Debra received her J.D from Harvard Law School in 1981.

Debra was nominated for Emmy Awards twice. Debra has made her unique identity in the film industry and entertainment sector. She has the credit of being the first African American female television and film producer, who has her own producing agreement at an important studio. 

Before entering the entertainment business, Chase was the attorney for several law firms. But even after pursuing a Law degree, Debra didn’t like it much and hence she worked as a consultant, a freelance writer after 1980s. She joined film business and worked with Columbia Studios. She ran ‘Mundy Lane Entertainment’ and ‘Brown House Productions’ of Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston respectively. After this experience, she formed her own company. For getting a break in Mundy Lane Entertainment, Debra picked up the courage to have a word with Denzel Washington at Columbia studios. In the later meetings, Washington hired Debra to run his production company.

The name of the company is ‘Martin Chase Productions’ and it has been affiliated with the Walt Disney Company for more than seven years. While working in her movies or television shows, Chase has mainly focused on delivering a peculiar message through them. In one of the interviews, Debra said that the works on big screen and small screen are not just for entertainment. 

Debra has a huge influence on the young generation. Her creations include a message, which is portrayed in a perfect way and leaves an impact on people. The messages given through Debra’s productions are positive, mainly for women. In one another interview, Debra stated that there is innate power with our own selves.  Also, she always aspires for the sky. The movie business is a tough business, and Debra is a very successful woman in that industry. 

As mentioned earlier, Debra has mainly focused on the projects related to girls and women. She has helped few actresses to build their careers. It includes Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, and America Ferrera.

Debra mainly came into lime light and in the audiences’ eye after the release of “The Princess Diaries”, “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” and “The Cheetah Girls”. She has also worked with top choreographers from Chicago. 

Debra’s production, “The Princess Diaries” which featured Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, earned $109 million in the box office. She also produced the bestselling book by Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Debra was also the Executive Producer of the series named ‘ Missing’, aired in 2003, which was one among the most watched series.
Debra has not just made a very important contribution to the Industry, but also serves on several Boards, such as, Boards of Trustees of Columbia College of Chicago, The Board of Directors of the Center Dance Association of the Los Angeles Music Center, the Board of Directors of the United Friends of Children, and the Advisory Board of the Heartland Film Festival.
Having done the fascinating work for women, Chase was honored in 2002 by Girls Inc., Ebony magazine, The New York Times, The Heartland Film Festival, and the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment. 

Debra was nominated for ‘Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - 1998’ as an Executive Producer. 


Wesley Coller English Actor

Wesley Coller

Wesley Coller, an American producer, has been the backbone for many successful movies in Hollywood. He always makes sure that money is never the issue so that his movies can be produced with ease. Most notably, he co-produced the 2016 released DC Comics blockbuster movie Superman Vs Batman: Dawn of Justice. The Telecommunications & Film, BA degree holder, graduated in 1999. He also had a minor degree in Graphic Design. After completion of his graduation he got associated with the production crew of Zack and Deborah Snyder and became partners as a result. Together at the production house Cruel and Unusual Films, they created fascinating and trend setting movies which were meant for the commercial audiences. "300" which got released in 2006 was a blockbuster success both in theaters and critics columns. They made various remakes like Sucker Punch and Dawn of the Dead which received somewhat positive responses from the audiences. In the last couple of years, the Eastern Michigan graduate has co-produced many successful big scale movies like "Man of Steel", which was the newly created Superman film. The sequel of the superhero venture is currently in its production stage, and Coller himself is the executive-producer. The sequel of "300" which was released in 2014 named "300: Rise of an Empire" was also co-produced by the ex Pinckney resident, Wesley Coller. Along with the Snyder’s, he is currently expanding his genre to showcase the creative side of his film production expertise with movies like The Army of The Dead and The Last Paragraph. Zack Snyder, the director of most of the movies which Coller has co-produced, is all set for his next DC venture Justice League. The producer moved his work to Los Angeles with his better half, Celeste, immediately after the completion of his bachelor's degree. Both of them met at the EMU. They currently reside in Pasadena with their daughter named Elliott. Professionally, Coller has always been appreciated for his work by his industry analysts and colleagues. He has a progressive and modern approach towards the production process. His knowledge of telecommunications and film along with graphic design gives him an advantage of knowing the various minor details required to implement in a movie. According to insiders of the Hollywood industry, Coller's collaborative approach with his peers has made the production banner Cruel and Unusual Films develop many new and exciting movies.


Dede Gardner

Though there isn’t a lot of commendable competition in some fields, it needs courage to take those paths and proceed with the desired aim. The same thing happens with the production department in the film industry. Dede Gardner is a producer who has all the qualities of becoming an actor, but still confirmed to be the producer and garnered major accolades. She produced some blockbusters and award winning movies like 12 Years A Slave, The Big Short, etc. Dede Gardner was born on October 16, 1967. She had a peaceful and learning childhood, and her experiences drove her to become a film producer. Dede Gardner got married to Jonathan Boris Berg in September, 2000. In 2006, Dede Gardner became the producer with her debut movie, Running With Scissors. This movie is a book adaption of Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. Running Well Scissors got mixed reviews and some state that the emotional aspects are not well portrayed by the actors. It also won some awards like the Satellite Award, Best Overlooked film, etc. along with many nominations. In 2007, Mike White directed under Dede Gardner's production, Year of the Dog, couldn't do extraordinarily at the box office. It is one film that has a good plotline, but failed to attract the audience. But it made the critics recognize who produced the movie. Soon, she rose to top class movies. Her movies include A Mighty Heart, Eat Pray Love, and The Time Traveler's Wife. In 2011, there was great luck for Dede Gardner. The Tree Of Life was released, which starred Brad Pitt. Terrence Malick was the director, who was instrumental in making the film a big success. This movie awesomely depicted the life of a middle class family in the 1950's. The best part about this movie is that the film got screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and then the movie got three Oscar nominations too. She also produced a mediocre reviewed movie, Killing Them Softly, in 2012. Again, in the next year, she produced World War Z. Brad Pitt again took a serious role in order to portray the emotional aspects well. World War Z is yet another hit for Dede Gardner. Though it has an uneven plotline, the movie drew the attention of the critics and people with the solid performance. As a Best thriller, it received the Saturn Award. It got a nomination for the Academy Award too. In 2013, Dede Gardner took a courageous step and produced 12 Years a Slave. For this movie, she got an Oscar Award for the best film. However, Dede Gardner made her mark on the society of Blacks.

Dede Gardner English Actress