Paul Dini (b. 1957 in New York City
) is a five-time Emmy award winning television producer of animated cartoons. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros.
series, including Ewoks
, Tiny Toon Adventures
, Batman: The Animated Series
, Superman: The Animated Series
, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond
, and Duck Dodgers
. He also developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog
and contributed scripts to Animaniacs
(he created Minerva Mink), Freakazoid!!
, Justice League
, and Justice League Unlimited
. After leaving Warner Bros. in early 2004, Dini went on to write and story edit the popular ABC
adventure series LOST
. Often times when the character of Harley Quinn
appears in another animated movie or series, Paul Dini usually has a hand in writing the script somewhere.
Dini has also written several comics stories for DC Comics, including an acclaimed oversized graphic novel series illustrated by painter Alex Ross
. (A hardcover collection of the Dini and Ross stories was published in late summer 2005 under the title The World's Greatest Superheroes.) Other books written by Dini for DC have featured his Batman Animated creation Harley Quinn
, as well as classic characters Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel
, and Zatanna
Best known among Dini's original creations is Jingle Belle
, the rebellious teen-age daughter of Santa Claus
. Dini also created Sheriff Ida Red, the super-powered cowgirl star of a series of books set in Dini's mythical town of Mutant, Texas.
In 2006, Dini became the writer for Detective Comics
, his first regular comic assignment. In 2009, he became writer of new Batman titles, Batman Streets Of Gotham
and Gotham City Sirens
. He also launched the short-lived Zatanna
solo series, which ended just prior to DC's New 52
In 2010 he created the live action series Tower Prep
, which aired on the Cartoon Network
Dini is involved in the Ultimate Spider-Man
animated series and is behind Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
, both produced by Marvel Animation
for the Marvel Universe
block on Disney XD
He is co-writer of the Live action Disney movie Maleficent
based on Sleeping Beauty
starring Angelina Jolie
Paul Dini lives in Los Angeles, California. Together, he and his wife, magician Misty Lee, have created an on-line interview feature called Monkey Talk that runs at Kevin Smith
's website, Quick Stop Entertainment.com.