Don Hahn, Film Producer


Don Hahn is the producer of the worldwide phenomenon The Lion King and the animated classic Beauty and the Beast — the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a founder and Executive Producer of the acclaimed Disneynature Films Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and Chimpanzee and most recently Executive Producer of Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. 

Don began his career in film as an assistant director to legendary Producer Wolfgang Reitherman (Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians). He was Associate Producer of the landmark hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis, Fantasia 2000, and The Emperor’s New Groove. 

As an author, Don’s books on animation, art, and creativity include the best seller Brain Storm, the acclaimed educational series Drawn to Life, and Before Ever After: The Lost Lectures of Disney’s Animation Studio. Don has two Honorary Doctorate Degrees in the arts, serves on the Advisory Board for the Walt Disney Family Museum, and on the Board of Directors of PBS SoCal. 

Sarah Rothenberg