January 30, 2015 3:35 PM ET


Company Overview of Pixar Inc.

Company Overview

Pixar Inc. produces animated feature and short films. It also provides RenderMan Pro Server, a software solution for feature film animation; RenderMan Studio that provides features and tools for creating photorealistic CGI, while streamlining workflows for artists; and RenderMan On Demand, a cloud-based solution. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Emeryville, California. As of May 5, 2006, Pixar Inc. operates as a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

1200 Park Avenue

Emeryville, CA 94608

United States

Founded in 1986

850 Employees





Key Executives for Pixar Inc.

Age: 69
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 54
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Age: 65
Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of Creative Division
Age: 57
General Manager
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Pixar Inc. Key Developments

Walt Disney, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks Face Anti-Poaching Suit

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., Walt Disney Co. and its units Pixar and Lucasfilm Ltd., and Sony Corp. units Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks are among the defendants in a potential class-action anti-poaching lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. The suit alleges that the visual effects and animation firms "conspired to systematically suppress the wages" of its workers, depriving them of "millions of dollars which defendants instead put to their bottom lines". Pixar and Lucasfilm reportedly agreed not to cold-call each other's employees, to inform the other company when making an offer to the other company's employees and not to increase offers if a job applicant's current employer makes a counteroffer. Such comprehensive "no-raid" agreements eventually spread throughout the visual effects and animation industry and were enforced by human resources and recruiting executives of the defendants, according to the complaint. The suit was filed by former DreamWorks employee Robert Nitsch Jr. on behalf of affected employees who worked for the defendants from 2004 to the present. The plaintiffs are seeking several actions, including class certification, compensatory damages, a permanent injunction prohibiting defendants from anti-poaching methods and a trial by jury.

Pixar Lays Off Up to 5% on The Good Dinosaur Delay

The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary, Pixar is laying off up to 5% of its 1,200 employees after it pushed back the release of The Good Dinosaur to November 2015 from next May. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter involved personnel. The person announced the layoffs occurred earlier in the week. The delay of The Good Dinosaur means 2014 will be the first year since 2005 that Pixar hasn’t released an animated movie.

Pixar Closes its Canadian Operations in Vancouver

Pixar has shut down its Canadian operation in Vancouver, leaving about 100 employees out of work. The company decided to focus its efforts and resources under one roof at the company's Emeryville, Calif., location.

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