Brian Wayne Peterson

Brian Wayne Peterson (born c. 1971/1972)[1] is an American screenwriter, television producer, and showrunner. After finding success writing the script for 1999 film But I'm a Cheerleader, he and his writing partner Kelly Souders wrote and produced Smallville, Beauty and the Beast, Salem, Genius, and the miniseries The Hot Zone for National Geographic.

Brian Wayne Peterson
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Peterson at 2010 Smallville Comic-Con panel
Born1971/1972 (age 47–48)[1]
United States
OccupationScreenwriter, television producer

Peterson received a Master of Fine Arts in writing for screen and television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1997.[2] It was here that he met Souders, where the two decided to form their writing partnership.

Shortly after his graduation, Jamie Babbit, the director for But I'm a Cheerleader, asked Peterson to write a script for her film after reading a story he had written about a gay cowboy.[3] Peterson used his experience for the story, which is about a group of teenagers who attend conversion therapy camp. He is gay himself[4] and had experience with conversion therapy while working at a prison clinic for sex offenders.[5] In 1999, Variety named him one of 10 Screenwriters to Watch.[1]

Peterson and Souders renewed their deal with Fox 21 Television Studios in August 2018.[6] Their next project, The Hot Zone,[7] tells the true story of the Reston virus in the US in 1989. It will be released on National Geographic on Memorial Day 2019.[8]

In 2012 Peterson and Souders were nominated for an Online Film and Television Association (OFTA) Television Award for Best Writing of a Motion Picture of Miniseries for Political Animals (2012).





  1. ^ a b c Erstein, Hap (July 28, 2000). "Being Stereotyped Not a Concern for Gay Scriptwriter". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "USC School of Cinematic Arts 8th Annual 'First Pitch' Set for May 4: Class of 1997 Writer/Producer Brian Peterson to Host" (PDF). USC News. University of Southern California. April 27, 2009.
  3. ^ Fuchs, Cynthia (2000-07-21). "So Many Battles to Fight – Interview with Jamie Babbit". Nitrate Online. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
  4. ^ Grady, Pam (2007). "Rah Rah Rah: Director Jamie Babbit and Company Root for But I'm a Cheerleader". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
  5. ^ Gideonse, Ted (July 2000). "The New Girls of Summer". Out. p. 56.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (2018-08-09). "Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson Ink Overall Deal With Fox 21 Television Studios; Will Showrun 'The Hot Zone'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (2018-09-13). "Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham Among Eight to Join Nat Geo Miniseries 'The Hot Zone'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Julianna Margulies races to stop an Ebola outbreak in 'The Hot Zone' trailer". Retrieved 2019-04-23.

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