Speaker Peter Hastings

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Peter Hastings

Writer, Producer & Director

Six time Emmy award winner Peter Hastings has been working professionally in film, television, theatre and music for over thirty years. Originally from Philadelphia, Peter attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved to Los Angeles as a working musician where he played and taught for several years. At the same time he became a performing actor and writing member of the world famous Groundlings Theatre, a sketch comedy/improvisation company. He began writing there and getting work in television.

Among other things, he worked at Warner Brothers on a series of Spielberg shows. He wrote for “Tiny Toons Adventures”, and was part of the team that created “Steven Spielberg presents Animaniacs”. He wrote and produced that show winning two Emmy awards and a Peabody.  He was also the lead creator/show runner for “Pinky and the Brain” for which he won a Prime Time Emmy award.

This was followed by five years at the Walt Disney studio, where he created and executive produced “One Saturday Morning”, a collection of short independent animation and live action. He also consulted with Imagineering R&D, Disney Online and directed films for Disney World.  

He continued with animation at Nickelodeon, producing the series “Catscratch”, then co-produced the American version of Aardman’s “Creature Comforts” for CBS and then moved to Dreamworks as a director, working on the feature film “How to Train Your Dragon”. This was followed by executive producing the television series “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”, for which he won two Emmy Awards and a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for Nickelodeon. He currently is in production on “Captain Underpants”, based on the books by Dav Pilkey, for Dreamworks Animation. He lives in Los Angeles and has three children, is a published photographer and continues to play music. 

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