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Thursday, October 21 • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Second Rounders and Above Live Virtual Panel: 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, Mike Jones (co-writer of Soul and Luca) and Jason Headley (co-writer Onward) will describe the intensely collaborative way writers work with directors and story artists. Development Executives Megan Alderson 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.

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

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Megan Alderson

Virtual Panelist
Since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2013, Megan Alderson has worked on a number of films including Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Coco, Soul, Onward and Turning Red.  As Creative Development Executive, Megan supports projects in early development, scouts screenwriters... Read More →
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Jason Headley

Virtual Panelist
Jason Headley is the co-writer of Pixar's "Onward" and the writer/director of the SXSW Special Jury Prize-winning feature "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong." His short films—including the viral videos "It's Not About the Nail" and "F*ck That: An Honest Meditation"—have been featured at Banksy's... Read More →
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Mike Jones

Virtual Panelist
Mike Jones is the Senior Story and Creative Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He is the co-writer of SOUL (2020) and LUCA (2021).Born and raised in South Texas, Jones graduated from NYU. Before Pixar, Jones was a working screenwriter for over 20 years, writing scripts for Columbia... Read More →
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Emily Mollenkopf

Virtual Panelist
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 →

Thursday October 21, 2021 5:30pm - 6:45pm CDT