The Oscar-winning director joins the studio’s Braintrust, while the producer takes a leadership position in development.
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.
Collins will spearhead the development group at Pixar for features and streaming. She will report to Pixar president Jim Morris and work alongside the rest of the creative VP team, which is overseen by chief creative officer Pete Docter.
The producer has worked at the studio for over two decades, and has served as a co-producer of WALL-E and producer of Finding Dory. She’s also worked as vice president of development, overseeing the creative direction of Pixar’s SparkShorts program.
“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 shared 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.”
Shi’s new role will see her join directors Andrew Stanton, Peter Sohn, and Dan Scanlon, who will work together on behalf of the Pixar Braintrust to nurture the studio’s filmmakers on their various projects. She will report to Morris and Docter.
Her journey at Pixar began as an intern, when she was hired as a story artist on Inside Out. She’s also worked on such titles 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 sole director of a Pixar feature, when she helmed Turning Red.