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– by Anthony Esteves

Producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman have been responsible for numerous films over the last 20 years. Mandeville Films, their film production company headquartered in Walt Disney Studios, is responsible for the productions of such films as Beauty and the Beast, The Fighter, Stronger and The Proposal. The duo has worked with Disney for the last two decades under a first-look deal.

However, as of yesterday, that partnership has come to an end.

Hoberman and Lieberman have now signed a new first-look production agreement with Universal Pictures, as reported by Variety. The president of production at Universal, Peter Cramer, made the announcement on Thursday.

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“David and Todd are high quality storytellers with commercial sensibilities and deep relationships throughout the industry. We are thrilled to welcome them and their team at Mandeville to the Universal family and look forward to a great creative partnership.”

Hoberman went on to say that his 32 years with Disney was an “incredible journey”, that he has “great admiration” for the people he worked with, and that he and Lieberman “have loved the process of making movies there.” He then spoke about the move to Universal.

“We are excited to be moving to Universal as it has been a studio I’ve had great respect for. Donna and Peter are a formidable team and we are so thrilled to have the opportunity to call Universal our new home in Todd’s and my next chapter.”

Films produced by Mandeville Films, which was founded by Hoberman in 1995, have collectively grossed $4.5 billion in worldwide gross. Hoberman and Lieberman are currently in pre-production on the Amazon Studios feature The Aeronauts.

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