Paul Dini (born August 7, 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./DC Comics series, including 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 many other shows (both for and outside WB), such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) (a job he and fellow writer J. Michael Straczynski reportedly both disliked due to Executive Meddling), Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Mister T, Dungeons & Dragons, Ewoks, The Transformers, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, Animaniacs (he created Minerva Mink), Freakazoid!!, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Sym-Bionic Titan. 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 relaunch.
In 2010 he created the live action series Tower Prep, which aired on the Cartoon Network. While an excellent series, it came a bad time when CN was clumsily experimenting with live action shows and had the misfortune to follow after their disastrous CN Real campaign. It only lasted one season as a result.
He is co-writer of the Live action Disney movie Maleficent based on Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie. In addition, he co-wrote one other live action film- the infamous Double Dragon adaptation.
In 2016, he put out a very dark and unsettling autobiography detailing the events surrounding a traumatic robbery he was a victim of in 1993 while writing Batman: The Animated Series called Dark Night: A True Batman Story.
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.