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Darla K. Anderson Departs Pixar After 25 Years

Producer of Oscar-winning hits ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Coco’ plans to pursue other creative and philanthropic endeavors.

Producer Darla K. Anderson is leaving Pixar after 25 years with the company.

Producer Darla K. Anderson, who produced the Oscar-winning features Toy Story 3 and Coco, is leaving Pixar after 25 years with the company.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson is leaving to pursue other creative and philanthropic endeavors.

"I've had a magical and privileged experience working at Pixar for over two decades. The creativity, imagination and innovation at Pixar is second to none. I'm truly grateful to have been a part of this historic journey and hold excitement for my next chapter," Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

Anderson joined Pixar in 1993 and has produced such hits as A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3 and Coco, as well as the shorts It’s Tough to be a Bug, Mater and the Ghostlight and Dante’s Lunch.

The 2008 Guinness Book of World Records listed Anderson as having the highest average movie gross for a producer at $221 million per movie, The Reporter states.

"Darla has been a creative force in animation and a strong voice at Pixar for 25 years,” said Walt Disney Co. chairman-CEO Bob Iger. “She's made an indelible mark on the industry as an Oscar-winning producer and a relentless champion for stories that reflect the diversity of the global audience. She takes my best wishes with her as she sets a course for her next adventure."

"Darla is not only a storied producer, but one of the true pioneers in the creation of computer-animated feature films,” says Pixar chief Jim Morris. “From A Bug's Life to the sublime Coco, Darla has produced a remarkable body of movies that have not only raised the bar for animation but for cinema as a whole.”

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with Darla for over 25 years," says Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. "She was there from the beginning, when we were all figuring out how to make a computer-graphics animated film, and I personally owe her a debt of gratitude for all her contributions to our studio and our industry."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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