Deborah Forte

Deborah Forte
Deborah Forte

President
Scholastic Entertainment

Bio

Deborah Forte is President of Scholastic Entertainment Inc. (SEI), and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc. The Scholastic Entertainment division comprises Scholastic Productions, Scholastic Consumer Products, and Scholastic Brand Management, and represents the Company's worldwide media, feature film, television and consumer products businesses. Forte also oversees interactive media, which includes software, software clubs and Weston Woods Studios. She is leading Scholastic's efforts in the broadband arena, is chairperson of the corporation's branding initiative, and is responsible for managing Scholastic Entertainment and serves as SEI's lead creative and business executive. She became head of Scholastic Entertainment in 1995. Forte is an award-winning producer of children's media. The CD-ROMs and websites managed under her direction have won dozens of awards including the Parent's Choice and the Webby for best kid's site. She has executive produced over 300 productions, including: the top-rated Clifford The Big Red Dog on PBS KIDS, and the new spin-off series, Clifford's Puppy Days, which premiered on PBS KIDS in September 2003; Dear America, the critically-acclaimed series on HBO; the Emmy Award-winning I Spy, which premiered on HBO Family in December 2002; Scholastic's Emmy Award-winning series, The Magic School Bus; Goosebumps; and The Baby-sitters Club. She has executive produced the feature films, The Baby-Sitters Club and The Mighty, and will produce His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman's best-selling trilogy, as a feature for New Line Cinema. She also developed the original concept for The Misadventures of Maya & Miguel and is Executive Producer. Prior to coming to Scholastic, Forte created and headed the specialty sales and marketing group of The Viking Press and Penguin Books. She serves on the boards of the American Center for Children and Media and the Children's Museum of Manhattan and is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She moderated The Second World Summit on Television and Media for Children and was the keynote speaker for the recent KIDSCREEN conference. A Boston native, Forte is a graduate of Hamilton College and lives in NY with her husband, Dr. Peter Stone, and their two sons.

(2004)