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Friday, October 26 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Writing and Creative Development at Pixar

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Pixar Animation Studios has a story development process that is unique in the industry. In this panel, Matt Aldrich, co-writer of Coco, and Mike Jones, who has written for several Pixar movies, will describe the intensely collaborative way writers work with directors and story artists. Development Executives Mary Coleman and Emily Mollenkopf will walk you through how Pixar scouts writers, matches them with directors, then supports them in creating engaging characters, believable worlds, and compelling stories.

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Matthew Aldrich

co-writer Coco
MATTHEW ALDRICH (Original Story by/Original Screenplay by), co-writer of Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” and two-time Black List alum, has emerged in recent years as a writer of substance and imagination.He first gained attention for the spec script CLEANER (2007) which was directed... Read More →
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Mary Coleman

Head of Creative Development, Pixar, Film Juror-Animated Short
Mary Coleman is the Senior Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. She joined Pixar in 1999 to create the Development department. Coleman was recruited from San Francisco’s Magic Theater because Pixar recognized that her work developing world premiers of new plays would... Read More →
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Mike Jones

Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation Studios
Mike Jones has been a working screenwriter for over 20 years. At Pixar, Jones works with the studio’s directors, artists, editors, and other writers on every aspect of the story.Born and raised in South Texas, Jones graduated from NYU. He went on to write scripts for Columbia, MGM... Read More →
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Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
Emily Mollenkopf is the Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Emily joined Pixar in 2011 on Pixar’s first TV special; Toy Story of TERROR! She began her career at G4TV producing video game-centric television for X-Play and Attack of the Show. As Development Executive... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room