Peter Ross Newman is an American film producer and educator.
In a 30 year career, Peter Newman has produced over thirty films. They include Wayne Wang’s SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE, John Sayles’ THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH, Spalding Gray’s SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA; and Nancy Savoca’s DOGFIGHT and HOUSEHOLD SAINTS. Peter Newman Productions have received a total of 21 nominations for the Spirit Awards - the leading honor in American Independent Film. His films have played in competition at the Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, and Venice Film Festivals, where they have won numerous awards. In 2005, he produced Noah Baumbach’s THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, which won the Best Writing and Directing Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, which stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, was a co-production with Wes Anderson’s American Empirical Pictures. It was nominated for six Spirit Awards, including Best Picture; three Golden Globes, including Best Film - Musical or Comedy; and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Among the filmmakers that Mr. Newman has collaborated with are: Robert Altman, Jay Presson Allen, Wes Anderson, David Anspaugh, Paul Auster, Noah Baumbach, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, Nancy Savoca, Wayne Wang, and two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter Horton Foote. Mr. Newman has been a featured speaker at the Sundance Institute’s Producers Conference in 1991 and 2005; as well as appearing on numerous film festival panels, including Cannes and New York. Additionally, he has lectured on the movie business at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia University. Peter Newman is a professor at the Graduate Film program at Tisch, and the Graduate MBA program at Stern. In 2008, Peter Newman was appointed the Head of the Dual MBA/MFA Graduate program on behalf of Tisch at NYU. It is the first program of its kind in the nation. Mr. Newman is a member of the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES and the PRODUCER’S GUILD OF AMERICA. He is currently preparing a film based on the life of Janis Joplin. Newman is a graduate of Northwestern University, and lives in New York with his wife, Antonia Dauphin, and three children.