Irene Mecchi is an American writer for television, movies, newspapers and Broadway. Originally from San Francisco, she started her work with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short film which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene has worked on Herb Caen's books, and is the co-screenwriter of Disney animated movies such as The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules. With co-author Roger Allers, she received a 1998 Tony nomination for writing the book for The Lion King. Irene wrote the teleplay for Annie, which aired on ABC in 1999.
- The Lion King (Screenplay)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Animation Screenplay)
- Hercules (Animation Screenplay)
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (Characters-uncredited)
- Annie (Teleplay)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (characters-uncredited)
- Fantasia 2000 (Writer-Host Sequences)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (Characters-uncredited)
- The Lion King 1 1/2 (Additional Screenplay Material)
- Brave (Screenplay)
- Strange Magic (Screenplay and lyrics: "Rock-A-Bye-Baby")
- The Lion King (2019) Film (characters)
- She was specially thanked on "Ratatouille".
- She and Roger Allers were both nominated for the 1998 Tony Award (New York City) for the Author (Book) of the Musical for "The Lion King".
- She has been nominated four Times (For a Primetime Emmy, a Annie award, a Razzie Award and a ACCA Award: 2nd Place for Nomination.