Jonathan Roberts (writer)

Jonathan Roberts (born May 10, 1956) is an American screenwriter,[1] television producer and author. He is known for having co-written Disney's The Lion King.

Jonathan Roberts
Born (1956-05-10) May 10, 1956 (age 68)
Boston, Massachusetts
OccupationWriter, television producer
EducationBrown University
Years active1985–present

Life and career


Born in Boston, Roberts studied English literature at Brown University and took a summer graduate program on book and magazine publishing at Harvard before launching his career.

His first written work was on the 80s: A Look Back and The Official Preppy Handbook, which became a New York Times bestseller.

Roberts's first screenplay credit was on The Sure Thing in 1985. He later went on to write for Fast Times, in which he also served as a producer.

Roberts then joined Disney's story department and worked on the award-winning 1994 animated feature The Lion King with Irene Mecchi and Linda Woolverton.

He also co-wrote the screenplays for James and the Giant Peach and The Hunchback of Notre Dame while at Disney.

Roberts served as a producer on Beverly Hills 90210 and Head of the Class.






  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 15, 1985). "Once Bitten (1985) FILM: 'ONCE BITTEN,' VAMPIRE HUMOR". The New York Times.