TEMPLE MATHEWS is an American born author and screenwriter with several films to his credit, including Disney’s Return to Neverland, which grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide. Mathews also wrote The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, and the segment starring Mickey Mouse in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, both direct-to-video film for Walt Disney TV Animation. He wrote the screenplay for Aloha Scooby Doo, a DVD release for Warner Brothers Animation, and co-wrote/produced Off the Mark, a feature film released in the U.S.
For television Mathews wrote Picture This starring Ashley Tisdale. In addition, he was a story editor on the daytime courtroom drama The Judge, working on over forty episodes. Mathews was also story editor on Propaganda Films’ Inside Out, where he was the supervising writer on 74 episodes written and/or directed by several now-prominent directors, including Alexander Payne (Sideways), Richard Shepard (The Matador), Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved), Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen), as well as numerous others. Mathews has written dozens of animated TV episodes and has worked-for-hire at every major studio in Hollywood.
Mathews was a producer at the American Film Institute, a graduate of the University of Washington, and Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington. In 2008 BenBella Books published Mathews’s The New Kid. Its success led to the publication of two more New Kid books: The Rising: The New Kid Book Two and The Sword of Armageddon: The New Kid Book Three. Under the pen name William Payton, Mathews also wrote The Good Father, originally published by Coscom Entertainment.