Peter Schneider (film executive)

Peter Schneider is an American film and theatrical producer, notable as the first president of Walt Disney Feature Animation for The Walt Disney Company from 1985 to 1999,[1] and was responsible for helping to turn the feature animation department around and creating some of the most critically acclaimed and highest grossing animated features that Disney released. These films included Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991, the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994, the highest domestic grossing animated film of all time until 2003).

Peter Schneider
BornNovember 10, 1950

He was promoted to studio chief in 1999.[1] In 2001, Schneider left Disney to form his own theater production company. His first major production, developed in association with Michael Reno, was Sister Act[2][failed verification] which opened at the London Palladium in 2009.[3] Peter graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a theater degree.[4]

Along with producer Don Hahn, Schneider produced a documentary entitled Waking Sleeping Beauty in 2009, which focused on the revival of Disney animation during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Schneider is also a world champion bridge player, having won the World Transnational Open Teams Championship in 2005.[5][6] He possesses the title of World Bridge Federation (WBF) World Life Master (WLM).


  1. ^ a b "Disney Animation, Theater Head Named President of Disney Studios". Business Wire. 1999-01-08. Retrieved 2008-05-12.[dead link]
  2. ^ Suskin, Steven (20 April 2011). "Sister Act". Variety. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  3. ^ Billington, Michael (2 June 2009). "Sister Act / London Palladium". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Peter Schneider to Leave Disney". Business Wire. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  5. ^ Creative Team for the Marvelous Wonderettes Archived 2009-04-05 at the Wayback Machine

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