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Re: Pixar's inner circle
Horton Director Signs With UTA
AnimationWorldNetwork May 08, 2008
HORTON HEARS A WHO! helmer Jimmy Hayward has signed with UTA, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Previously, he has no agency representation. Hayward made his feature debut on HORTON, which has grossed over $275 million worldwide thus far.
Hayward began his career working on REBOOT, before moving to Pixar where he worked on such films as TOY STORY, A BUG'S LIFE, TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC., and FINDING NEMO. He started working for Blue Sky on ROBOTS.
Right as this film came out, Jimmy Hayward paid a visit to CalArts. This guy is AMAZING. No joke. We have had all sorts of Pixar and Disney animation industry people in there, and he was one of the best... very close to Mark Andrews.
By one of the best I am speaking on terms of his passion for what he does, insights into the industry of animation and what new people should bring to it, and his ability to inspire.
From what I hear from many people in the industry, Pixar is playing it safe in terms of who is given the positions on projects. I can only hope this does not come back to haunt them because it seems to go against the whole production idea behind Pixar.