DEBS PATERSON

BIO


Debs is a narrative director & screenwriter in film & TV. She is currently filming the new series DOMINA for Sky at Cinecitta Studios in Rome under Covid protocols. 

Her work ranges from theatrical feature road movie AFRICA UNITED (Pathé/BBC Films) to high end network and cable TV including 50 Cent's new ABC/Sony show FOR LIFE starring Nicholas Pinnock and Indira Varma, Hulu's costume favourite HARLOTS starring Leslie Manville and Liv Tyler, to the action-heavy SKY/CINEMAX HBO headliner STRIKE BACK - where she was the first female director in 6 seasons. 

Her films have played to festival acclaim globally, and in 2018 she was invited by JJ Abrams and Kathy Kennedy to document the making of STAR WARS EP IX. The resulting feature doc THE SKYWALKER LEGACY will be released in March 2020. 

Debs' first feature AFRICA UNITED had its world premiere in Toronto and European premiere as a red carpet London Film Festival gala, receiving standing ovations at both before releasing theatrically worldwide. AFRICA UNITED earned Debs a best debut director BIFA nomination and recognition as a BAFTA ‘Brit to Watch’. She has served on juries for the BIFA Awards, Royal Television Society and Women In Film & TV. 

Alongside her directing work, Debs recently collaborated with BAFTA to create ELEVATE - an initiative to facilitate diversity hiring in high end TV in the UK. She went to Hong Kong for BAFTA in 2018 for talent introductions to Chinese industry. (Debs was born in Taiwan, where her fluent-Mandarin-speaking parents still live - she also completed high school in India after spending most of her childhood in Yorkshire, and co-presented Singapore's EPL/Serie A soccer highlights show TOTAL FOOTBALL after a gaining a Masters in Literature from Cambridge. She also holds a diploma in Meisner technique from the Cuba Film & Television School.)

Her commercial work includes a viral for Coca Cola shot in Indonesia and Scotland, and brand launch music videos for NIKE's The Girl Effect in Rwanda and Malawi. 

Debs is represented in the UK by Mady Niel at 42, and in the US by Geoff Shaevitz at Management 360 and Logan Clare of Ziffren Brittenham LLP.