Bob Tzudiker

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Bob Tzudiker
Born (1953-08-28) August 28, 1953 (age 66)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationSt. John's College
OccupationScreenwriter, actor
Notable work
Newsies (1992)
The Lion King (1994)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Anastasia (1997)
Tarzan (1999)
Tarzan II (2005)
102 Dalmatians (2009)
Partner(s)Noni White

Robert "Bob" Tzudiker (born August 28, 1953) is an American writer and actor. Tzudiker is best known for co-creating and writing the screenplay for Newsies along with his wife Noni White, which was based on the real-life[1] Newsboys' strike of 1899. Newsies began as a "classic underdog story ripped from the history books", with writers White and Tzudiker approaching producer Michael Finnell with an idea for a nonmusical drama; however, Disney studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg redirected the project to become a musical.[2]

He shares writing credit on Disney's Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 102 Dalmatians and Anastasia. He also contributed to the film The Lion King and has written screenplays for every major studio.[3]

The stage version of Newsies opened March 29, 2012,[4] and closed on August 24, 2014, grossing over $100 million.[5] The 2017 three-day cinema showing of Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical! broke ticketing records to become the highest-grossing Broadway event to date from Fathom Events.[6]

He is a member of the writers' branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He received several nominations for the Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production.[7]

He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television at USC Cinematic Arts.[8]

Prior to writing, Bob worked as an actor, appearing in Total Recall, Ruthless People and Hill Street Blues, among many others. He is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, MD.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1997 Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Tarzan
Nominated
1999 Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Anastasia
Nominated
2006 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Screenplay (for a DVD Premiere Movie)
Tarzan II
Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Desson Howe. "‘Newsies’ (PG)" The Washington Post. April 10, 1992
  2. ^ Grady Smith. "The cult of 'Newsies'" Entertainment. May 11, 2012
  3. ^ Joe Montague. "Newsies Opens on Broadway – Interview with the Writers" '’Riveting Riffs Magazine. January 2012
  4. ^ Playbill. "Playbill: Who's Who in the Cast" March 29, 2012
  5. ^ Patrick Healy. "‘Newsies’ to Close in August" The New York Times. June 22, 2014
  6. ^ Boxoffice Staff. "Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! Becomes Top-Grossing Broadway Event in Fathom Events History" 'Box Office Pro. February 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "IMDB: Bob Tzudiker Awards".
  8. ^ School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile. "Directory Profile: Bob Tzudiker"