Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins, the director and producer of Pixar Animation Studios’ latest animated film, Turning Red, respectively, have been promoted to leadership roles. According to Variety, a new position of Senior Vice President of Development has been created for Collins, and Shi has been named Vice President of Creative.
Director Domee Shi began at Pixar as an intern and was hired as a story artist on Inside Out. She’s also worked on other Pixar titles such as The Good Dinosaur, Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4. In 2018, her acclaimed short film Bao won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Four years later, she became the first woman in history to work as the standalone director of a Pixar feature, when she helmed Turning Red.
Her promotion serves as a gigantic reward for her Academy Award winning short, Bao, and Turning Red’s success—which, according to Disney, was the ranked as the #1 film premiere on Disney+ in the streamer’s history. Shi’s new role will have her working alongside directors Andrew Stanton, Peter Sohn, and Dan Scanlon, all who are working together on behalf of the famed “Pixar Braintrust” to nurture the studio’s filmmakers on their various projects. She will report to Pixar president Jim Morris and chief creative officer Pete Docter.
After nearly three decades at Pixar, Collins will lead the development group at Pixar for features and streaming (which includes the SparkShorts program—a way for the studio’s staff to work on personal projects with limited studio oversight while exploring unique story ideas and storytelling techniques, testing new workflows, and potentially shaping them into movies for production). She will report to Pixar president, Jim Morris, and join the creative VP team which supports chief creative officer Pete Docter in guiding the studio’s creative direction.
“As I reflect on my 25 years at Pixar, the pride and gratitude I have is surpassed only by the excitement I feel stepping into this new role,” Collins expressed in a statement. “Pixar has always been a place that seeks to delight and surprise audiences and I am thrilled to be able to expand on that legacy and help shape what comes next, surrounded by some of the most diverse, unique, and inspiring filmmakers and voices working today.”
If you haven’t watched 2000’s nostalgia-based Turning Red, you’re missing out.
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