About PeterRader

  • Industry Media
  • Sector Original ContentProduct Marketing
  • Preferred Job Title FilmmakerProducerScreenwriterWriter


Peter Rader has worked as a film and television writer for 20 years. His first script, Waterworld, was produced by Universal in 1995. He has developed numerous projects for other studios, and industry leaders such as Steven Spielberg, Dino De Laurentiis and John Davis.

In the nonfiction arena, Rader has directed episodes of the hit TV show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan. He has worked as a cinematographer and editor on a number of award-winning documentary projects, including AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda, which he produced and edited. With AWAKE, Rader also honed his business and leadership skills, interfacing with the film’s partners and sub-distributors worldwide. He has since consulted in marketing and messaging for numerous films, startups and brands.

Rader attended Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is accomplished in a broad range of fields, including music and photography.  Rader has taught classes and workshops in writing and filmmaking at Harvard, Los Angeles Film School, and Cal State Fullerton. He has also volunteered to teach writing to homeless people at Step Up on Second.

In 2013, Rader published his first book, Mike Wallace: A Life (St. Martin’s Press), a critically acclaimed biography of the legendary CBS journalist. Rader was subsequently hired to adapt his book into a script for director Rob Reiner. More recently, he wrote Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry That Changed Acting Forever Simon & Schuster. It received a rave review in The New York Times and has been adapted for the screen by Emmy & Golden Globe winner Michael Sucsy.