‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

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Darla K. Anderson

Netflix has announced that it has entered into a multi-year overall deal with Darla K. Anderson, the Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning producer of Disney/Pixar hits like “Coco,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.”

At Netflix, Anderson will develop and produce new animated and live action projects, both feature films and series, for family audiences around the world, according to a news release.

Anderson produced Disney/Pixar’s “Coco,” which won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Under Anderson’s creative direction, Pixar exclusively cast Latino and Mexican actors in the film, making “Coco” the first Hollywood feature film to have an all-Latino and Mexican cast for both the English and Spanish-language versions.

“Darla is one of the most successful and accomplished producers in the entire film industry and her creative instincts for championing and shepherding films that transcend borders is truly unmatched,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family at Netflix, in a statement. “Together with Darla we will seek to bring more unique and diverse voices and entirely new mediums of storytelling to our global audience on Netflix.”

Anderson also received the Producers Guild of America’s Producer of the Year Award in animated theatrical features on “Coco,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” Her credits also include “A Bug’s Life” and “Monsters Inc.,” among other titles.

In 1993, Anderson joined Pixar Animation Studios, where she worked as a prolific and renowned producer until 2018. For more than 25 years, her 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 Oscar for Best Animated Feature. In her capacity as the film’s producer Anderson, along with director Lee Unkrich, innovated a new filmmaking paradigm at Pixar, which not only elevated the voices of Mexican and Mexican-American creatives, production staff and cultural historians but also established a new creative process, which partnered filmmakers, production staff, marketing and consumer product development with Mexican cultural experts early in the filmmaking process. Under her leadership, Pixar named Adrian Molina co-writer and co-director of the film. Anderson’s work on “Coco” also earned her a Golden Globe win.

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 3-D computer graphics, and from there she relocated to the Bay Area, with the intention of gaining a position at Pixar.

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. Anderson is a strong advocate for the LGBTQX community and on behalf of organizations that empower women. She graduated from San Diego State University.


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