Debra Martin Chase (born October 11, 1956) is a two-time Emmy nominated motion picture and television producer and former lawyer who was named by Savoy magazine in August 2003 as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the United States and by Black Enterprise magazine in 2007 as Show more...
one of the Top 50 Powerbrokers in Hollywood. Chase is the first African American woman to have a solo producing deal at a major studio. Her company, Martin Chase Productions, has been affiliated with the Walt Disney Company for over ten years.
Chase was born in Great Lakes, Illinois but moved to Pasadena, California as a child. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1977 and J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981, where she met her husband, whom she later divorced in the late 1980s.
In an interview with Essence 1997, she said "I'm the kid who was in the movie theater every Saturday," she told journalist Audrey Edwards. "I've been a movie fanatic since I was a child, and my images of the world were shaped by what I saw on the screen. I want to do my part to see that Blacks are not only represented in film but also enhance it."
When she was first starting out, Chase spent time in New