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DEBORAH SCHINDLER (Producer) was one of the producers of "Waiting to Exhale," adapted from the best-selling novel by Terry McMillan. The film, a critical and box-office success, grossed over $67 million domestically.

Schindler's filmmaking experience has been extensive and varied. She served as Vice President of Creative Affairs, East Coast, for Columbia Pictures under David Puttnam (the producer of "Midnight Express," "The Killing Fields" and "Chariots of Fire," among other films). During Dawn Steel's tenure as President of Columbia Pictures, Schindler was a producer/development executive overseeing production deals for Matthew Broderick and Mikhail Barishnikov. She subsequently was Associate Producer on Twentieth Century Fox's "Prelude to a Kiss."

Schindler began her film career as an assistant to Martin Scorsese, with whom she worked on "Raging Bull," "The King of Comedy," "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "The Color of Money," eventually rising to associate producer on Scorsese's "After Hours."

Film projects Schindler has in development include "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend," based upon the best-selling novel by Robert James Wailer, with a screenplay by Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Horse Whisperer"); "Zero Hour," Joseph Finder's timely thriller which screenwriter Cynthia Cidre ("Mambo Kings," "Anna Karenina") has adapted for the screen, and which Schindler and Jan De Bont will produce, with Ezra Swerdlow and Michael Peyser serving as Executive Producers; "The Falconer," based on Elaine McCarthy's romantic first novel about an unhappily married woman who meets the great love of her life shortly after learning she is terminally ill, which Agnieszka 1-lolland ("Europa, Europa" and "Secret Garden") will direct from a screenplay by Cynthia Cidre; and "The Exes," from Pagan Kennedy's recently published novel.

Schindler lives in New York City where she runs her production company, Deborah Schindler Productions, and lives with her daughter and husband.


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