BornJanuary 14, 1966 (age 51)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter, actor
Board member ofSchneider's Bakery
Spouse(s)Lisa Lillien (m. 2002)
Dan Schneider (born January 14, 1966) is an American actor, television and film writer, and producer. After appearing in mostly supporting roles in a number of 1980s and 1990s films and TV shows, Schneider devoted himself to behind-the-scenes work in production. He is the co-president of television production company Schneider's Bakery. He created/co-created All That, The Amanda Show, What I Like About You, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, Victorious, Sam & Cat, Henry Danger, Game Shakers, and The Adventures of Kid Danger and Captain Man.
Schneider was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, to parents Harry and Carol Schneider (both deceased). He attended Harvard University for one semester. After returning to Memphis, he worked repairing computers. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and eventually a screenwriting career.
In 1986, Schneider played Dennis Blunden on the ABC television sitcom Head of the Class. The series ran for five seasons from 1986 to 1991. In 1993, Schneider starred in the series Home Free, and in 1994, he played Shawn Eckhardt in Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story, one of two made-for-television films about the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal.
Schneider makes cameo appearances in TV series that he has helped to create/produce. He has made cameo appearances in All That (and its subsequent film Good Burger), Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, Zoey 101, iCarly, and Henry Danger. Schneider also does voiceovers in many projects.
Writing and producing career (1993–present)
- Television series
In 1988, Schneider co-hosted the second annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, where he met Albie Hecht, a development executive for Nickelodeon. In 1993, Hecht, now head of production for the network, hired Schneider to work on a new sketch-comedy show for children called All That. After writing the pilot episode, Schneider worked as producer, executive producer, and writer on the show. Schneider quit All That after the first four seasons to run The Amanda Show. The show's ratings soon declined, and it was cancelled in the 2000–2001 season. Nickelodeon then asked Schneider to come back and revamp All That in 2001. Schneider agreed, and All That returned to Nickelodeon in 2002. It ran for another four seasons until 2005, bringing All That to the end of its 10-season run.
From 1996 to 1997, Schneider was an executive producer and a writer for Kenan & Kel. Schneider guest-starred in an episode and was an executive producer during the first two seasons. He continued working as a consultant for the remainder of the series. In 1998, Schneider began his career as a show creator with Guys Like Us. The series is one of only two series Schneider created that was produced for broadcast network television. The show was cancelled after its first season due to low ratings and poor reviews.
The next two shows created by Schneider starred Amanda Bynes, who had worked with Schneider on All That. The Amanda Show ran from 1999 until 2002 on Nickelodeon and was a spin-off from All That. Schneider himself often appeared on The Amanda Show as a frustrated old man who was frequently the victim of strange prank phone calls. Schneider co-created What I Like About You with former Friends writer/producer Wil Calhoun. It premiered in 2002 on The WB and ran until 2006. Schneider was an executive producer during the show's first two seasons.
Schneider returned to Nickelodeon in 2004 with the show Drake & Josh. The series starred Drake Bell and Josh Peck, who were actors on The Amanda Show, and Miranda Cosgrove, who would later star in another of Schneider's shows, iCarly. Overlapping both Drake & Josh and iCarly, Schneider created the show Zoey 101, which starred Jamie Lynn Spears. Zoey 101 was Schneider's first and to date only single-camera format program and the first to be presented in a letterbox format. Schneider also guest-starred in the Zoey 101 series finale "Chasing Zoey", playing a cab driver. After the show was cancelled in 2008, Schneider began working on a new project for one of the actresses, Victoria Justice. That show, Victorious, premiered in 2010 after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. A dual-show spin-off of both iCarly and Victorious called Sam & Cat premiered in 2013. It was cancelled after 36 episodes.
Following the cancellation of Sam & Cat, Schneider co-created Henry Danger with Dana Olsen. The show premiered in 2014. The following year, Schneider created Game Shakers, which reunited him with actor and Nickelodeon veteran Kel Mitchell. Schneider also serves as Executive Producer.
Game Shakers2015–present (Nickelodeon)Creator, executive producer, writer
Henry Danger2014–present (Nickelodeon)Co-creator, executive producer, director, writer, guest star
Sam & Cat2013–14 (Nickelodeon)Creator, executive producer, writer
Victorious2010–13 (Nickelodeon)Creator, executive producer, writer, actor (voice)
iCarly2007–12 (Nickelodeon)Creator, executive producer, writer, guest star
Zoey 1012005–08 (Nickelodeon)Creator, executive producer, writer, guest star ("Chasing Zoey")
Drake & Josh2004–07 (Nickelodeon)Creator, executive producer, writer
The Amanda Show1999–2002 (Nickelodeon)Creator, executive producer, writer, director (Seasons 2-3), recurring guest star
Kenan & Kel1996–2000 (Nickelodeon)Executive producer (Seasons 1-2), writer (Seasons 1-2), consultant (Seasons 3-4), guest star
All That1994–2005 (Nickelodeon)Co-Creator, Producer (Season 1), writer (Seasons 1-4, 6-10), executive producer (Seasons 6-10), guest star
Schneider has also been involved in films. He wrote the film Good Burger, which starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell (and featured Schneider himself in a supporting role). Good Burger was spun off from a popular comedy sketch which Schneider produced on his Nickelodeon television show All That.
Schneider also wrote and co-produced the film Big Fat Liar which starred Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, Paul Giamatti and Donald Faison. The film earned nearly $52,000,000 in box office.
1984Making the GradeBlimp
1985Better Off DeadRicky Smith
Listen to MeNathan Gore
The Big PictureJonathan Tristan-Bennet
1997Good BurgerMr. Baily
2002Big Fat LiarStory, screenwriter, and producer
1986–91Head of the ClassDennis Blunden
1993Home FreeWalter Peters
1994–99All ThatMr. Bailey
2000–01The Amanda ShowMr. OldmanVarious episodes
2008Zoey 101Taxi Driver"Chasing Zoey" (season 4: episodes 12-13)
2012iCarlyMeekalito, Voiceover, Random Dancer Cameo Appearance"iMeet the First Lady" (season 5: episode 10), "iToe Fat Cakes" (season 5: episode 11), and "iGoodbye" (season 7: episode 9)
2013–14Sam & CatTandyVoice, Recurring role
Awards and nominations
2000Burbank International Children's Film Festival AwardBest Short ComedyThe Amanda ShowWon
2009Outstanding Children's Program
Shared with Robin Weiner, Bruce Rand Berman & Joe CataniaiCarlyNominated
2010BAFTA Children's AwardBest International
Shared with Joe CataniaNominated
Shared with Sean Gill & Bruce Rand BermanVictoriousNominated
2011Outstanding Children's Program
Shared with George Doty IV, Robin Weiner, Bruce Rand Berman & Joe CataniaNominated
Outstanding Children's Program
Bruce Rand Berman, Joe Catania & Robin WeinerVictoriousNominated
2014Kids' Choice AwardsLifetime Achievement AwardWon
- @DanWarp (January 14, 2014). "Just woke up to so many birthday greetings here on Twitter! THANKS everyone! And the day BEGINS... :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Meet Dan Schneider". Bangor Daily News. July 25, 1989. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- "Native Memphian Dan Schneider bringing likable young stars to town for St. Jude event". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- Eakin, Marah (November 23, 2012). "Dan Schneider on Head Of The Class and creating some of Nickelodeon's most memorable shows". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- Dee, Jonathan (April 8, 2007). "Tween on the Screen". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- Steinberg, Jacques (September 7, 2007). "I, Little Sister, Becomes 'iCarly'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
Rumblings are growing louder and louder that one of Hollywood’s biggest producers of children’s entertainment is about to be outed as a major incubator for pedophile executives and their twisted manipulations.
Dan Schneider is a former actor and producer at Nickelodeon. He is responsible for nearly every one of their biggest successes in the last 20 years. Schneider has produced and written the shows that have given us breakout stars like Arianna Grande, Amanda Bynes and Victoria Justice.
Schneider has also been the subject of some very disturbing and consistent rumors for years. One need only search his name on the internet to find pretty damning rumors about him going back years. There are stories of his foot fetishes and how he acts them out on young extras alone in his office. There are stories about his relationships with his underage teenage stars and how they led to spin-off shows for the girls or blacklisting for those who didn’t participate.
Over the years many anonymous actors and users have told their stories on forums like Reddit and in chat rooms.
One of the greatest examples of an alleged child predator producer is Dan Schneider, who created and wrote Zoey 101, All That, Victorious, iCarly, The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, and What I Like About You, and is the most successful writer/tv executive in Childrens Entertainment Television for the last thirty years.
Robert Downey Jr. allegedly wrote the following statement about Dan Schneider on Crazy Days and Nights under the screen name Himmmm:
Hes a monster. The WORST predator alive. And if you wonder why nobody will confront or charge him? Hes in charge of multiple HIT SHOWS for Nick which rakes in oceans of money. Tens of millions of dollars multiplied by many years and many shows (not to mention his merchandising royalties). So Viacom-Nick warn him to cool it – then pay for his damn lawyers.
What about the parents? No tweener parent who shoved their kid into the limelight from birth is going to cross him either, and risk career suicide and loss of revenue (and residuals and future career). No matter how bad it ****s up the kids. Especially if theres MULTIPLE kid actors in the family. And the kids agents are complicit too. Just ask the Spears family. A LOT of settlements get paid out of Viacoms accounts.
There have been rumors swirling about Dan Schneider for quite some time. Rumors that he is the father Jamie Lynn Spears daughter, got Amanda Bynes pregnant and paid for her abortion, and took the virginity of countless Nickelodeon starlettes. A quick Google search will show you how many people are catching onto this guy and questioning his innocence.
There was also a recent post on Reddits r/TIL section about Schneider, and most of the comments highlight his creepy behavior and the fact that hes an alleged pedophile. One commenter even made an allegation about being paid $100 to have her feet tickled by Dan in the privacy of his office while working as an extra on The Amanda Show.
Much like a high-ranking priest, Dan Schneider (and many others like him) will probably never be exposed, unfortunately. But hey, thats showbiz, baby!