Anderson was a 25-year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios, and she recently signed a development and production deal with Netflix. Her appointment comes at a time when (the lack of) female representation on the boards and executive ranks of tech and game companies is garnering more attention.
“I am thrilled to welcome Darla to Glu’s board of directors,” said Nick Earl, Glu Mobile CEO, in a statement. “Her deep experience at Pixar and now Netflix makes her a great partner for Glu and the company’s focus on developing and launching world-class, creative growth games. Our team looks forward to leveraging her expertise to help Glu continue to deliver stellar experiences for our players.”
As Glu looks to continue building world-class growth games, Anderson is uniquely qualified to offer her creative expertise in developing engaging and unique experiences to delight audiences, the company said.
“Mobile gaming is a rapidly growing market and an exciting part of the larger digital entertainment space that I’ve been a part of for many years” said Anderson, in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with Nick and the team at Glu and contributing to the company’s bright future.”
Prior to her current role at Netflix, the Academy Award winner joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993, where she worked as a prolific producer until 2018. For over 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., Cars, and Academy Award-winning Toy Story 3.
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.
Glu now has three women on its board, including Anderson, Gaby Toledano, and Ann Mather.