Deborah Calla, a Brazilian native, is a writer/producer and an activist.
She served as the chair of the Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee from 2004 to 2018 where she created several programs, including the very successful Producers Guild of America Diversity Masters Workshop, and is the Brazil Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Deborah co-wrote and produced the feature film A Beautiful Life starring Dana Delany, Jesse Garcia, and Angela Sarafyan. produced the comedy-feature Dream House starring Justin Theroux, the drama Lehi’s Wife with James Green and Kathryn Joosten, and coproduced Lost Zweig with Rudiger Vogler and Ruth Reiser. She is also the Brazilian producer of You Got Served: Beat The World, a Sony International feature film release.
For television she produced content for TNT, HBO Latino, SAT 1 (Germany), Travel Channel and Globo International Television.
Deborah has had three books published by Putnam and Scholastic and writes for the The Huffington Post. She has been a guest lecturer at AFI (American Film Institute), USC Film, Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Latino Film Festival and Produced By Conference (the largest producers conference in the US). Deborah is a frequent guest lecturer in Jordan, Taiwan and in Brazil where she teaches writing and producing to filmmakers. She is a sought-after speaker on the topic of greater inclusion of underrepresented communities.