DEBS PATERSON

BIO

Debs is a narrative director & screenwriter in film & TV. 

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, Hulu's costume favourite HARLOTS, 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 highlight female directing talent in high end TV, and went to Hong Kong with 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, and co-presented Singapore's EPL/Serie A soccer highlights show TOTAL FOOTBALL soon after graduating). 

Her spec screenplays include a contemporary reimagining of Dickens’ classic A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and a female protagonist survival action thriller. In 2018 she was commissioned to write a social justice thriller for FILM4, produced by Ivana MacKinnon of Stray Bear.

Her commercial work includes a viral for Coca Cola shot in Indonesia and Scotland, and brand launch music videos for The Girl Effect in Rwanda and Malawi. She is Meisner-trained and holds a Cambridge MA in Literature.

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.