spears_peter_2017Peter Spears

Peter Spears is an American writer, director, producer, and actor. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended Northwestern University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

Spears has appeared in numerous television shows and films, notably as “Danny Benjamin,” Diane Keaton’s son-in-law, in Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give. His TV credits include “ER,” and “Friends,” among many others.

In 2006, Spears directed his first feature film, Careless, starring Colin Hanks and Tony Shalhoub. That same year saw the world premiere, in Chicago, of Spears’ musical comedy, “Asphalt Beach,” of which he co-authored the book with Tom Smith. The music and lyrics for “Asphalt Beach” were written by Andrew Lippa, a Tony nominee for “The Addams Family.” A London production is in the works, as is a film version of the musical.

Spears also co-wrote the short film that marked his directorial debut, “Ernest and Bertram.” It tells the sad and ultimately violent tale of the doomed relationship between two closeted muppets and premiered to critical acclaim at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival where Entertainment Weekly named it “Best Of The Festival.” (It can be viewed on YouTube)

In 1992, Spears developed “Nightmare Café” for NBC with Wes Craven. He has written several other movies and television pilots and was the executive producer for the “surf noir” series for HBO, “John From Cincinnati” which he developed with David Milch (“Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue”) and aired in 2007.

Currently, Spears is at work with journalist Jody Becker on an animated documentary film about the life of gay Holocaust hero, Fredy Hirsch.

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Producers’ Masterclass: The Power of Creative Collaboration, Part 1, sponsored by Delta Air Lines

In its eagerly anticipated annual event, PBNY investigates the filmmaking process with the help of producers from some of this year’s most acclaimed features. These producers will take the stage with key collaborators, ready to discuss how their partnerships provided the defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on their course for awards season.