Jonathan Roberts (born May 10, 1956) is an American screenwriter, television producer and author. He is best known for having co-written Disney's The Lion King.
Life and career
Born in Boston, Roberts studied English literature at Brown University and took a summer graduate program on book and magazine publishing at Harvard before launching his career.
His first written work was on The 80s: A Look Back and The Official Preppy Handbook, which became a New York Times bestseller.
Roberts's first screenplay credit was on The Sure Thing in 1985. He later went on to write for Fast Times, in which he also served as producer.
Roberts went on to join Disney's story department and worked on the award-winning 1994 animated feature The Lion King with Irene Mecchi and Linda Woolverton.
He also co-wrote the screenplays for James and the Giant Peach, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Monsters, Inc. while at Disney.
Roberts served as producer on Beverly Hills 90210 and Head of the Class.