Alex Schmider (he/him)

Director, Transgender Representation at GLAAD

Alex Schmider is an industry recognized film producer and the Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD. In his role at GLAAD, he advises media and entertainment industry leaders, and consults with production companies, editorial teams, brands, and corporations on how best to approach LGBTQ and, specifically, transgender characters, storylines, marketing, social impact campaigns, and gender inclusion on digital platforms.

Schmider's independent producing credits include Changing the Game (Hulu), Disclosure (Netflix), Framing Agnes (Kino Lorber), Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story (Netflix) and Chasing Chasing Amy (2023). His films have premiered at Sundance and Tribeca, and screened at hundreds of festivals around the world, among them BFI and Hot Docs. These films have been recognized by Cinema Eye Honors, the Critics' Choice Awards, Peabody Awards, and GLAAD Awards, among others. In 2022, Schmider was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and, in 2023, was honored as one of DOC NYC's 40 under 40.

While in development and production on multiple fiction and non-fiction projects, he works full-time at GLAAD and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Ad Council, serves on the Board for the 19th*, and is an active member of the Producers Guild of America, the Documentary Producers Alliance, and the Television Academy where he is on the Diversity Committee.

He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Tufts University with a minor in Media & Communications, concentrating on the effects of media representation and consumer behaviors on identity and interpersonal relationships.

Schmider is a proud UCLA Anderson Business School dropout and, while still a Forbes 30 Under 30 listmaker, he is gleefully no longer under 30. He resides just outside of Los Angeles but travels frequently for film festival and industry award jury duties, screenings, trainings, Marriott points, and football games.


  • Director, Transgender Representation

    Current role

  • Associate Director, Transgender Representation

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