Deborah Calla

Writer, Producer, Activist

Deborah Calla is a writer, producer, author and an activist. Since 2003, she has been the chair of the Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee. The committees’ mission is to create opportunities for producers of diverse backgrounds while supporting stories that actually reflect our world. She also helped launch the Producers Guild of America Women’s committee with Oscar nominated producer Lydia Dean Pilcher in 2013 with the mission to bring greater equality for women in front and behind the camera. Deborah has been the chair of the Media Access Awards (MAA), a celebration of writers, producers, actors and casting directors who advance the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities. She is also a board member of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Deborah wrote and produced the feature film “A Beautiful Life” starring Dana Delany, Angela Sarafyan and Debi Mazar, she produced “You Got Served: Beat the World” with Tyrone Brown, “Dream House” with Justin Theroux and “Lehi’s Wife” with the late Kathryn Joosten. Deborah also produced non-fiction content for the Travel Channel, HBO Latino, Fox Latin America, Globo International and TNT Latin America. She also wrote a movie of the week for Freeform and an adaptation for the American market of the most successful Brazilian mini-series. Deborah teaches script development and production at the Producers Guild of America and is an invited guest teacher in such countries as Taiwan, Jordan and Brazil. She is a regular speaker at such institutes as: AFI (American Film Institute), USC (University of Southern California), Produced By Conference and Tribeca Film Festival (All Access) among others. Deborah is the author of three health and fitness books (Putnam and Scholastic publications) and the Yummy Book: 25 Recipes for Happy Living.