Debra Hill

Editor, 2nd unit director, Producer
Her father had worked as an art director on many of the Hope/Crosby "Road" pictures and Debra Hill certainly paid her dues, first as a script supervisor on more than a dozen features before edging into editing and 2nd ... Read more »
Born: in Haddonfield, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Producer (32)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fog 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chow Bella 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Confessions of a Sorority Girl 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Producer

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Adventures in Babysitting 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gross Anatomy 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big Top Pee-Wee 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heartbreak Hotel 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Head Office 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clue 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Halloween 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Show)

Producer

Cool and the Crazy (TV Show)

Producer

Dragstrip Girl (TV Show)

Producer

El Diablo (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Girls in Prison (TV Show)

Producer

Jailbreakers (TV Show)

Producer

Motorcycle Gang (TV Show)

Producer

Reform School Girl (TV Show)

Producer

Roadracers (TV Show)

Producer

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Producer

Shake, Rattle and Rock (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (10)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Halloween") (Source Material)

The Fog 2005 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "The Fog") (Source Material)

Halloween: Resurrection 2002 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Halloween: H2O 1998 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 1995 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Halloween II 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Halloween 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

What Is a Producer? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (1)

The Streets of San Francisco (TV Show)

Script Supervisor

Biography

Her father had worked as an art director on many of the Hope/Crosby "Road" pictures and Debra Hill certainly paid her dues, first as a script supervisor on more than a dozen features before edging into editing and 2nd unit work. Her big break came when John Carpenter gave her the opportunity to produce "Halloween" (1978), a screenplay they had written together. She responded amazingly, managing to achieve a handsome look for under $400,000. Her next four producing projects were all with Carpenter ("The Fog" 1980, which she also co-wrote with him; "Escape from New York" 1981; "Halloween II" 1981, which she again co-scripted; and "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" 1982).

Hill earned her first producing credit beyond the Carpenter sphere for David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone" (1983) and followed with "Head Office" and "Clue" (both 1985) before joining forces with longtime friend and colleague Lynda Obst to form the independent production company Hill/Obst Productions. Hill/Obst produced Chris Columbus' "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987), the CBS pilot based on that film (1989), "Heartbreak Hotel" (1988), also directed by Columbus, and Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" (1991) before finally dissolving their partnership.

In 1988, Hill signed an exclusive development and production deal at Walt Disney Pictures for her new company, Debra Hill Productions. She produced many short films for the Disney/MGM Studio Tour theme park in Orlando, FL, as well as the feature "Gross Anatomy" (1989) for Touchstone and "The Disneyland 35th Anniversary Special" for NBC. In 1994, Hill, along with Lou Arkoff, Willie Kutner and David Giler produced 10 remakes of 50s movies for Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series (i.e., "Girls in Prison", "Shake, Rattle and Rock"). The 90s also reunited her twice with Carpenter as executive producer for the sequel "John Carpenter's Escape from L.A." (1996) and the HBO Western "El Diablo" (1990).

Relationships

John Carpenter Actor

Companion
together in the late 1970s Hill produced and co-scripted Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978) and "The Fog" (1980) and collaborated on five subsequent projects

Milestones

1996

Reunited with Carpenter as executive producer of "John Carpenter's Escape from L.A."

1993

Directed "Home Sweet, Home Boy" episode of HBO's "Dream On"

1991

Dissolved producing partnership with Lynda Obst

1991

Reteamed with Obst to produce "The Fisher King"

1988

Signed exclusive development and production deal at Walt Disney pictures for new company, Debra Hill Productions

1985

Formed Hill/Obst Productions with friend Lynda Obst

1983

First producing credit outside Carpenter orbit, David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone"

1978

Received first big break producing "Halloween" for John Carpenter; co-wrote script with him

Grew up in Haddonfield, NJ

Bonus Trivia

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On holding out to direct something more to her tastes, Hill said: "I don't want to become the 'Queen of Morbid Terror,' as John calls me. But I do have a natural feel for the genre. Anything that can touch the audience, get them involved-that is to me the excitement of the movies. It's bigger than life."I think I write horror well. Maybe it's just a sadistic streak in me. I remember I once said to John, thank God he can get his outlet killing women in a movie. Think if it was suppressed!" --Debra Hill in CINEFANTASTIQUE, Volume 10 No. 1

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