Peter Schneider
President of The Walt Disney Studios
In office
January 1999 (1999-01) – June 2001 (2001-06)
Preceded byDavid Hoberman
Succeeded bySee Walt Disney Studios
President of Walt Disney Feature Animation
In office
1985 (1985) – January 1999 (1999-01)
Preceded byRoy E. Disney as chairman
Succeeded byThomas Schumacher
Personal details
Born (1950-11-10) November 10, 1950 (age 72)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Peter Schneider (born November 10, 1950) is an American film executive, film producer and theatrical producer. He is best known for being, from 1985 to 1999, the president of Disney's feature animation department, which became known as Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1986, 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 in a period that became known as the "Disney Renaissance".

He was promoted to studio chief in 1999. 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[1] which opened at the London Palladium in 2009.[2] Peter graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a theater degree.[3]

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.[citation needed]

Schneider is also a world champion bridge player, having won the World Transnational Open Teams Championship in 2005.[4] He possesses the World Bridge Federation (WBF) title of World Life Master (WLM).[5]


  1. ^ Suskin, Steven (20 April 2011). "Sister Act". Variety. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  2. ^ Billington, Michael (2 June 2009). "Sister Act / London Palladium". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Peter Schneider to Leave Disney". Business Wire. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  4. ^ World Bridge Federation records of the World Transnational Open Teams Championship - Estoril, Portugal, 2005.
  5. ^ Peter Schneider, WBF Code USAQ696225