Deborah Del Prete is a veteran film producer. Her many producing credits include the hit Columbia Pictures comedy THE WEDDING PLANNER, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey; Lionsgate’s THE SPIRIT, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson; GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS, starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam, winner of the SXSW Audience and Grand Jury Prizes; GREEN STREET 2, starring Ross McCall; Dimension’s BURIED ALIVE, starring Tobin Bell; the romantic comedy SUBURBAN GIRL, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin, based on the best-seller Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing; and the creature feature LIVING HELL for The ScyFy Channel.
Under the label Coronet Films, she produced the film LIFTED, directed by Academy Award nominee Lexi Alexander, and the recently completed THE SUBMARINE KID, starring Emilie De Ravin and Finn Wittrock. In addition, Del Prete served as executive producer on Paramount Classic’s MEAN CREAK, starring Rory Culkin, which won both an Independent Spirit Award and a Humanitas Award; THE OPEN ROAD, starring Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, and Kate Mara; Lionsgate’s FROM PRADA TO NADA, starring Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega; HBO’S HOSTILE INTENT, starring Rob Lowe; and ENDER’S GAME, starring Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, and Asa Butterfield for Summit/Lionsgate Entertainment.
Under her previous shingle, Dee Gee Entertainment, Del Prete produced and/or directed a myriad of TV programs, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. Her first feature film as a director was SIMPLE JUSTICE, starring Doris Roberts and John Spencer. She then produced and directed Kate Hudson’s film debut RICOCHET RIVER.
In 2001 she co-founded Odd Lot Entertainment with her former partner, Gigi Pritzker. Together they ran the L.A. based company where they developed, financed, and produced theatrical feature films along with producing live stage productions, through their company Dee Gee Theatricals, housed in the historic Coronet Theatre which they owned and operated. Some of Dee Gee Theatricals’ original works which they produced included KISS AT CITY HALL, by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (MEMPHIS); SNAPSHOTS, book by David Stern, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED); ONE RED FLOWER, written and directed by Paris Barclay; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY which was the premiere production at the New Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; and many others, the most noted being MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, which ended up with a long Broadway run and multiple Tony award nominations.
In 2005, under the Odd Lot banner, she created a domestic distribution division which provided and managed P&A for a number of films, starting with the cult-hit Green Street Hooligans. This led in 2006 to the establishment of her international sales and distribution company, Odd Lot International which handled Worldwide distribution for a multitude of films with total P&A spends in the hundreds of millions.
Del Prete is also the co-founder of New Antics Media, formed in 2011, an online marketing and technology company. In early 2012, Deborah added a management division to Coronet Entertainment which oversees the careers of a group of very talented actors, singers, writers, and directors. A past multiple-term treasurer of the board of directors for the New York chapter of Women In Film, she was also an artistic advocate for the Foundation of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and has served as an executive mentor for both the Producers Guild of America and Step Up Women’s Network. Del Prete is currently Treasurer on the Board of Directors of WordTheater in Los Angeles and is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Talent Managers Association, for whom she recently recently produced the 2015 Heller Awards.