Audu Paden is an American television producer, director, cartoonist and writer. Born in London to American parents and raised internationally, he spent many of his early years in Sub-Saharan Africa. He studied theater at Northwestern University and then animation at the UCLA Animation Workshop in the 1980s. He is the showrunner for the Monster High and Ever After High series for Mattel as well as the producer of various Hot Wheels entertainment. He is also a voice director and actor.