Paul Germain is an American animation screenwriter and producer. Among the shows Germain has written, produced or directed are Rugrats, The Simpsons, Recess, Even Stevens, Lloyd in Space, The Tracey Ullman Show, and Beethoven: The Animated Series. Germain was one of the creators of the award-winning animated series for Nickelodeon Rugrats and was a primary creative force for the series. With his Rugrats colleague Joe Ansolabehere, he is the creator of Recess and Lloyd in Space.
Among his film credits are Say Anything. ., Big and Broadcast News.
Germain's son was the inspiration for the Rugrats character Tommy Pickles. The antagonist in Rugrats, Angelica Pickles was based on a bully in his childhood.
Paul was born in Los Angeles, California. The school in Recess shares the name of Third Street School, an actual elementary school that his children attended.
His grandfather Simon Lazarus produced the blacklisted 1954 film \"Salt of the Earth\" with Herbert J. Biberman and Paul Jarrico, and was involved in the production of the 1971 anti-war \"Johnny Got His Gun\" written and directed by Dalton Trumbo.