Turning Red director Domee Shi and producer Lindsey Collins have been promoted to leadership roles at Pixar Animation Studios, Variety has learned.
Shi has been named vice president of creative, joining directors Andrew Stanton, Peter Sohn, and Dan Scanlon (who also carry that title) in guiding the studio’s filmmakers on their own productions as part of the famed Pixar Braintrust.
Collins has been named into a new position, as senior vice president of development. She will lead the development group at Pixar for features and streaming, where current and upcoming filmmakers originate story ideas and shape 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 said 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.”
Domee Shi joined Pixar in 2011 and has worked for Pixar, contributing as a storyboard artist for multiple films, including Inside Out (2015), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Toy Story 4 (2019). Shi directed the 2018 short film Bao and the 2022 feature film Turning Red, becoming the first woman to direct a short film and then the first woman with sole director’s credit on a feature film for Pixar.
Lindsey Collins has been with The Walt Disney Company for nearly 3 decades. She co-produced WALL•E, for which she received an award for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Motion Picture from the Visual Effects Society (along with Andrew Stanton, Jim Morris, and Nigel Hardwidge). She has also worked on Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2, and A Bug’s Life. Prior to Pixar, Collins worked for The Walt Disney Company on films such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules.