Born in the UK, Peter Beale began his career in the British film industry as a 3rd assistant director, working on many of the iconic films of the 60s and 70s, eventually becoming a producer.
While Managing 20th Century Fox Productions in London, during a period of deep economic depression and high unemployment, he was credited with revitalizing the British film industry – being instrumental in getting films such as Omen, Star Wars and Alien made in the UK and modernizing the trade union rules for film making. Later, he became the Managing Director of EMI, where he oversaw the production of films such as the Elephant Man and the Jazz Singer.
After moving to California in 1982, Peter Beale became President of Showscan, a revolutionary high-speed film process, first used in World Fairs and theme park ride simulators. He then became the President of Illusion Inc. where he managed a team of engineers who were pioneering early virtual reality experiences for general audiences and military applications.
In the mid-eighties, he co-founded and financed BAFTA/LA and was the original Chairperson, extending the international reach and influence of British film-making excellence. The UK government declared it the most important British cultural institution outside of the UK.
Recently, Peter Beale has lead international green initiatives for the environment, air quality, energy saving and water conservation. In 2018 he moved to Southern Spain and is now focusing on environment projects, lectures and fiction writing.
As a creator, he has published short stories and magazine articles; written and produced documentaries; directed 2nd film units, industrial films and completed three novels.
Peter is a public speaker on diverse subjects as film-making (including Star Wars) marketing, trans-personal psychology, transcendental healing and sailing.
Peter has been married to Francesca for over fifty years – they met while working on a film in Rome – they have two children and two grand children.