Following the critical success and strong streaming performance of its latest feature film Turning Red, Pixar Animation Studios has elevated the pic’s producer Lindsey Collins and director Domee Shi into leadership roles.
In her newly created position as SVP of development, Collins (pictured left) will head up the studio’s development team for features and streaming, as well as supporting chief creative officer Pete Docter in steering Pixar’s creative direction. She reports to president Jim Morris.
Collins most recently produced coming-of-age movie Turning Red, which Disney sent exclusively to streamer Disney+ on March 11, bypassing a scheduled March theatrical release, much to the chagrin of a number of Pixar staffers. Despite the decision, the release was the top film premiere on Disney+ in the streamer’s history, according to the House of Mouse.
In her nearly 25-year career at Pixar, Collins’s other credits include WALL-E (co-producer) and Finding Dory (producer), and she helped shepherd the studio’s SparkShorts program as VP of development.
Meanwhile, Turning Red director Shi (pictured right) is now Pixar’s fourth VP of creative, joining Andrew Stanton, Peter Sohn and Dan Scanlon in mentoring the studio’s filmmakers on their own projects as part of the Pixar Braintrust. She reports to both Morris and Docter.
Since joining Pixar in 2011 as a story intern, Shi moved up the ranks to serve in storyboard positions on Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4. After becoming a director in 2017, she made headlines the following year when her short film Bao won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. With Turning Red, Shi became the first woman to solo-direct a Pixar feature in the studio’s 36-year history.