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David M. Kirschner (born May 29, 1955) is an American film and television producer and screenwriter. His producing credits include the animated feature An American Tail and Child's Play horror film series.

David Kirschner
David M. Kirschner

(1955-05-29) May 29, 1955 (age 64)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
OccupationFilm producer, television producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
Notable work
An American Tail
Child's Play
Curious George
Spouse(s)Liz Kirschner



After studying at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Kirschner began his career designing album cover art for Neil Diamond, most notably Neil Diamond's The Jazz Singer, and illustrating characters for the Muppets and Sesame Street. In 1983, Kirschner created and released children's book series Rose Petal Place, which spawned two Television specials, toys, clothing and a wide array of licensed consumer products. In 1986, Kirschner created and executive produced An American Tail, which was co-executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and, at its release, was the highest grossing non-Disney produced animated feature of all-time. It was followed by its theatrical sequel An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), the television series Fievel's American Tails, and two direct-to-video sequels. Kirschner was appointed chairman of Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1989, where he created and executive produced many films, specials and shows, including Wake, Rattle & Roll, Gravedale High and The Pirates of Dark Water.

Kirschner is also creator of the Chucky animatronic doll which is featured in the Chucky series. He has produced all seven films in the franchise, including the recent Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky, direct-to-video films made by Universal 1440 Entertainment. Other notable productions include 1997's Cats Don't Dance, winner of the 25th annual Annie Award for Best Animated Feature,[1] 2006's Curious George, based upon the book series of the same name The Martian Child, and Golden Globe-nominated Miss Potter. His recent work includes, executive producer on Curious George, Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elder Witch (In-Development for Disney), Cult of Chucky (for Universal 1440 Entertainment), Random (In Pre-Production for The Weinstein Company) and Garden District (In-Development for Dimension Films). Kirschner is currently head of his own production company, David Kirschner Productions.

Filmography as producerEdit




  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-04-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Collis, Clark (2017-01-05). "Cult of Chucky: Horror sequel plot details, teaser video revealed". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-01-09.

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