Screenwriter / Producer
Peter Barsocchini is an American screenwriter/producer best known for The Walt Disney Company blockbuster franchise, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, a series of films seen by more than 600 million original viewers worldwide. It inspired the current Disney streaming series, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL series.
He began his writing career as a teen-aged journalist, covering the burgeoning rock & scene in San Francisco in the late 60's, early 70’s for newspapers and magazines. His first novel "Ghost" was published in 1986, and was acquired by Paramount Pictures, opening the door to a screenwriting career that began with the action/comedy film DROP ZONE, starring Wesley Snipes, also for Paramount. A winner of multiple Emmy Awards, Barsocchini projects have generated more than two-billion dollars in revenue via stage versions of the HSM film, an ice show, cast concert tour, books, electronic games, and over two hundred consumer products.
Current projects include creating the concept for VIVO, an animated feature musical/comedy for Sony Pictures in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway’s HAMILTON. For ABC/Disney, he is adapting William Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM into a contemporary romantic comedy, as well as a developmental Broadway jukebox musical for ABC/Disney.
Peter Barsocchini resides in Los Angeles and New York City, and is represented by agent/manager Michael Van Dyck, and lawyer Christine Cuddy, Esq.