Monday, January 1, 2007

“Monk” Producer, David Hoberman, Joins Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s Board of Directors

“Monk” Producer, David Hoberman, Joins Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s Board of Directors

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) named David Hoberman, co-creator and executive producer of the Award winning USA Network Original Series “Monk,” to its Board of Directors today. This comes on the heels of the series’ initiative to educate the public about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an illness that affects 6 million Americans in addition to the series’ main character, Adrian Monk.

Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) January 22, 2006

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) named David Hoberman, co-creator and executive producer of the Award winning USA Network Original Series “Monk,” to its Board of Directors today. This comes on the heels of the series’ initiative to educate the public about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an illness that affects 6 million Americans in addition to the series’ main character, Adrian Monk.

“Monk” is a one-hour series about a detective with OCD that airs Fridays at 10/9C on USA Network. The series depicts the obsessions and compulsions that interfere with the life of detective Adrian Monk as he solves crimes and cracks cases more astutely than the SFPD.

In addition to Hoberman’s membership on the ADAA Board, his series, “Monk”, is taking steps to reach out to its viewers, and educate them about Monk’s disorder. The “Monk” website (www. usanetwork. com/series/monk (http://www. usanetwork. com/series/monk)) now includes a page with facts about OCD, as well as a link to the ADAA’s website and an OCD Self-Test for those who suspect they may have the disorder.

Hoberman is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers. He has worked with ABC, Norman Lear’s Tandem/T. A.T., ICM, The Walt Disney Studios and MGM.

In 2002, after three years at MGM, Hoberman re-formed Mandeville Films and Television at The Walt Disney Studios. Films recently released are Bringing Down the House, Raising Helen and The Last Shot at Disney, and Walking Tall and Beauty Shop at MGM. This spring, Eight Below starring Paul Walker and The Shaggy Dog starring Tim Allen will be released at Disney.

Prior to forming Mandeville Films, while president of the Motion Picture Group of Walt Disney Studios, Hoberman oversaw development and production for all feature films for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures. He was behind such blockbusters as Pretty Woman, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Father of the Bride, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Rocketeer and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. In 2002, Hoberman reformed and became president of Mandeville Films and Television at Walt Disney Studios. Here, he produced such films as George of the Jungle, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Other Sister, The Sixth Man and Bandits.

The ADAA is not the first organization in which Hoberman has taken a leadership role. He has been on the Board of the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation for over 10 years, has sat on the Board of the Los Angeles Free Clinic and has been on the Collections and Acquisitions Committee at L. A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He has also been a professor in the Producer’s Program of UCLA’s Graduate School.

About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This is a disorder characterized by thoughts of or the need to perform uncontrollable obsessions and compulsions that the sufferer usually recognizes as unreasonable or excessive. Obsessions are recurring thoughts or impulses that are intrusive or inappropriate and cause the sufferer anxiety; some common obsessions include thoughts about contamination, persistent doubts, extreme need for orderliness, and aggressive impulses or thoughts such as the urge to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or rituals performed in order to temporarily relieve the anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts; some common compulsions include cleaning constantly, checking that doors are locked and appliances are turned off, repeating phrases or actions, spending a long time organizing and arranging objects, and hoarding. OCD is diagnosed when the obsessions and/or compulsions take up a considerable amount of the sufferer’s time and interfere with normal routines, occupational functioning, social activities or relationships.

About the ADAA:

The ADAA is a national, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of anxiety disorders. The aims of the ADAA are to promote professional and public awareness of anxiety disorders, stimulate research, increase the availability of treatment, and reduce the stigma surrounding anxiety disorders. To achieve these goals, the ADAA reaches out to clinicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals, as well as public policymakers, educators and consumers.

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