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Lindy DeKoven is an American television executive, executive producer and an entertainment-industry career coach. She achieved success as a television executive with the ability to green-light movies and miniseries.

DeKoven has produced a comedy series, television pilots, miniseries, and made-for-TV movies for networks such as ABC, CBS, The CW, NBC, and The WB.

As a television network executive, DeKoven ordered the production of: Merlin, Gulliver’s Travels, The Odyssey, The Temptations, Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, A Woman of Independent Means[762327], The 60’s[762328], The 70’s[762329], Asteroid, Noah's Ark, The Beast, Crime & Punishment, Pandora's Clock, the NBC Monday Night Movie female-teen franchise featuring Beverly Hills 90210 stars, such as Tori Spelling, Tiffani Amber Thiessen, Brian Austin Green, and Jennie Garth, which was among the first television programs to feature soundtracks by new artists.


Early Years

A television buff at an early age, DeKoven attended a taping of the Carol Burnett Show,and decided she wanted to work in television. DeKoven attended Beverly Hills High Schoolmarker, and graduated from the University of Arizonamarker in 1975 with a B.A. in Elementary Education.


DeKoven began her career as a secretary in the technical services department at CBS Television Citymarker. She worked as a secretary for several years for such luminaries as Dan Melnick[762330], and Frank Yablans, before becoming an independent TV movie producer with a deal at Mark Carliner Productions[762331] and later, at ITC Productions.

DeKoven’s first executive position was Director of Network Television Development at Walt Disney Television, followed by Vice President of Creative Affairs for Alan Landsburg Productions. She was later hired by Leslie Moonves at Lorimar Television and then NBC, where she worked under Don Ohlmeyer.

In 1991, DeKoven became Vice President, Movies and Miniseries at the Warner Brothers Television. She was responsible for the development of all long-form projects for network and pay/cable television including the highly rated, Men Don’t Tell[762332] and the Emmy Award winners, Miss Rose White and O Pioneers[762333].

From 1993 to 2001, DeKoven was Executive Vice President of NBC and was responsible for developing and ordering over movies and miniseries, in addition to managing the in-house production company and a network staff. In 2003, As Executive Producer, her notable projects included Listen Up, a situation comedy starring Jason Alexander for Paramount/CBS, and later the pilot, Mermaids, starring Sela Ward, for Touchstone/ABC. In 2004, DeKoven joined Paramount/CBS where she was an Executive Producer. Her projects included, the pilots, Bones, The Bobby Knight Show, and Waiting, and the miniseries Sea Creatures for CBS.

DeKoven left Paramount/CBS in 2006 to start her own television production company, DeKoven Entertainment. She is also the CEO and Founder of femMentor[762334] and Lindy DeKoven Coaching, which specializes in the areas of entertainment, sports, and politics.

DeKoven launched Lindy DeKoven Coaching for students and young professionals who want to enter and advance in the areas of entertainment, sports and politics, and others who want to make a career transition. Website:

Political Appointments

In 2007, DeKoven was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Parks & Recreation Commission[762335] after Clint Eastwood and Bobby Shriver’s terms had expired. Schwarzenegger re-appointed DeKoven to the California Commission on the Status of Women[762336], where she serves as Chair. She also serves on the Board of the Governor and First Lady’s Women’s Conference of California[762337], as well as the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

DeKoven has served on The Board of Directors of the Koreh L.A. Literacy Program[762338], as well as the Board of Trustees at the Greater Los Angeles Zoomarker Association. She is a past member of the Museum of Television Executive Roundtable, The AFI Second Decade Council, The AFI Women’s Directing Workshop[762339] Advisory Committee, Hollywood Radio & Television[762340] Society Board Member, and Women In Film[762341] Executive Committee.


DeKoven lives in Los Angelesmarker and has been married to syndicated sports columnist, writer, and producer, David Israel since 1987.

Honors & Awards

Television Filmography

TV Movies and Miniseries

Episodic Television

  • Listen Up – series, CBS Executive producer
  • Sweet Potato Queens[762347] – Executive producer, pilot The WB
  • Waiting pilot – Executive Producer, CBS
  • The Bobby Knight Show – Executive producer, pilot CBS
  • Mermaids, pilot ABC

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