Debra Martin Chase is the first African-American woman to have a solo producing deal with a major studio. Her company, Martin Chase Productions, is affiliated with the Walt Disney Company and ABC Studios. She ran both Denzel Washington’s and Whitney Houston’s production companies before forming her own, Martin Chase Productions in 2000. Debra’s producing credits include: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Just Wright, and Sparkle (2012).
In 2001, partnering with Disney, Chase produced a movie hit with The Princess Diaries. Starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, the movie grossed over $109 million in domestic box office receipts and sold over 17 million video and DVD units. She also produced The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Her work with Princess Diaries was designed to make, “Every girl, and the girl in every woman, [wish] that she would wake up one day and find out that she’s a princess.” (Alexander,497) Chase inspires young girls to be reminded that they have the power to do what they want to do. @RiantTheatre #StrawberryOneActFestival. #GreatWomanOfColorInFilm. #YouthEmpowermentAwards. #HistoricBlackWomenInFilm