015 Darla Anderson -- Living in Constant Anticipation

Darla K. Anderson
Senior Producer, Pixar Animation Studios

Darla K. Anderson joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993.  Since then, her prodigious producing talents have contributed to some of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed animated feature films including “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.,” the Golden Globe®-winning “Cars” and Academy Award®-winning “Toy Story 3.” The Producers Guild of America and the Academy Awards recognized Anderson’s work on “Toy Story 3” with a nomination for Best Picture. 

Anderson most recently produced Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” for which she earned the award for Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America, an honor she also received for her work on “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” Anderson’s work on “Coco” also earned her a Golden Globe® win and an Oscar® nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. 

Before assuming her feature film production duties, Anderson was the executive producer of Pixar Animation Studios’ commercial group.  Prior to joining Pixar, she worked with Angel Studios in Carlsbad, California as the executive producer of their commercial division. It was here she was introduced to the world of 3D computer graphics, and from there she relocated to the Bay Area, with the intention of gaining a position at Pixar. 

As one of the studio’s and the animation industry’s most accomplished producers, Anderson was elected to the Producers Council Board of the Producers Guild of America in July 2008.  She is the first producer from the animation arena to be elected to the Council.    

Born and raised in Glendale, California, Anderson studied environmental design at San Diego State University.  Soon thereafter she began her career in the entertainment industry, working on San Diego-based film and television productions.  Anderson currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

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