A creative executive with the perfect balance for both halves of his brain, Don Hahn speaks as the ultimate authority as an executive with a mind for business and a soul for art. Don produced the classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. His next film, The Lion King, broke box-office records to become the top-grossing traditionally animated film in Disney history and a long-running blockbuster Broadway musical. Hahn also served as associate producer on the landmark motion picture Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disneynature’s epic documentary Earth, Frankenweenie, and the animated short, The Little Match Girl, which earned Hahn his second Oscar nomination. In 2009, Don directed his first feature documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, covering the renaissance of the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios from the 80’s to 90’s earning an Annie Award for Special Achievement later that year. Most recently, Don served as producer of Maleficent, a look at the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty from the antagonist’s perspective.
In Don’s latest book, Brain Storm – Unleashing Your Creative Self, Don offers his own unorthodox yet highly effective methods for unleashing the creative spirit. Blending personal and often hilarious anecdotes with prescriptive advice for rediscovering your creative self, Don explores the emotions that accompany creativity and discusses the importance of constructing a creative environment. His previous book, The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age, is a much-lauded book on the step-by-step process to the modern day animated filmmaking process.
Currently, Don serves double duty as executive producer of Disneynature Films while owning his own film production company Stone Circle Pictures. He currently resides in Burbank, California.