Peter Schube serves as Chief Operating Office for Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing franchises). Schube works alongside the company’s founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, on business strategy and is charged with overseeing all core business operations including finance, business development and administrative functions.
Prior to Illumination, Schube spent nearly three decades with The Jim Henson Company where he most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer at the company, working with the Henson family heirs while running day-to-day operations and worldwide business activities. In his role at the company, Schube devised and implemented the company’s strategic direction and guided its integrated businesses. In addition to overseeing all operating divisions, Schube was responsible for sales, finance and human resources functions. Mr. Schube joined The Jim Henson Company in 1988. Prior to being named President, he served in a variety of roles, most recently as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel.
Mr. Schube received a joint B.A. degree in History and English from Wesleyan University [from which he received the Distinguished Alumnus award in 2006], and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, where he serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of Heart of Los Angeles(HOLA), a non-profit organization that provides academic, arts and athletic programs for underserved and at-risk youth in Los Angeles. In that role, he also serves as the Board’s liaison to the YOLA at HOLA program, the organization’s landmark partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, which is dedicated to bringing social change through music to the area’s youth. Additionally, Mr. Schube serves on the Advisory Council of AdWeek in New York, lectures frequently on intellectual property and branding matters, and recently concluded 12 years of service on the Board of Trustees, including as Board Chair, of Oakwood School, an independent school in North Hollywood.