Jim has worked as a producer and production executive in the motion picture industry for many years, having most recently produced Pixar’s film WALL•E.
He now serves as Pixar’s General Manager/EVP Production, and is the production executive on all of Pixar’s films, including Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Newt and The Bear and the Bow.
Prior to Pixar, Jim worked for Lucasfilm and its divisions for 17 years. He served as President of Lucas Digital Ltd. for 11 years, where he was responsible for Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound. Concurrently, Jim served as ILM's General Manager, where he supervised a staff of more than 1400 artists and technicians, and guided the largest visual effects facility in the entertainment industry. Under Jim’s leadership, ILM created the groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning visual effects seen in Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, and over 150 other films.
Jim had previously served as ILM's Executive in Charge of Production, where he supervised all of the company's production. Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Hook, Star Trek VI, The Rocketeer, Backdraft, and Die Hard 2 are among the dozens of film projects completed by ILM while Jim was the senior production executive.
Jim first joined ILM in 1987 as a producer of visual effects for films and commercials. Among other films, Jim produced The Abyss effects for Jim Cameron, which also earned an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and Always for Steven Spielberg.
Before joining ILM in 1987, Jim was Executive Producer at Arnold & Associates, where he produced national commercials for clients such as Atari and Chevron, and oversaw the company's three offices. Prior to that, he was Executive Producer at One Pass Video, where he headed the commercial production department. He also worked in the production departments at J. Walter Thompson and Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco. Earlier, Jim was a Producer-Director for PBS, creating documentaries and educational programs for the network. He launched his career as a cameraman and editor at the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, New York.
Jim has produced and directed several independent films, among them the award-winning documentaries The Stag Hotel, Journey to the Mountain and Rehearsal.
Jim earned a B.S. degree in film, from the Newhouse School, Syracuse University, and holds a M.S. in television and radio from the same institution. He has served as president of the San Francisco Film Commission and was the founding chair of the Visual Effects Society (VES). Jim is a member of the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild.