The Pixar Times was established in June 2010 by Samad Rizvi. The news site covers Disney/Pixar and its films, its merchandise and video game tie-ins, along with the appearance of its characters and stories in our culture. Since its launch, The Pixar Times has emerged as one of the leading providers of Pixar news, and has been mentioned on reputable news sites such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and CBS News.
In November 2010, illustrator Jerrod Maruyama took over the role of Art Director, crafting the site’s logos and curating original pieces of Pixar-related artwork for our PixArt section. Respected artists have contributed gorgeous pieces of artwork, adding to an eclectic mix of featured work.
Then, in February 2013, writer Josh Spiegel brought an ability to provide thoughtful analysis in-length, when he started writing The Pixar Perspective, a bi-weekly op-ed column looking at a variety of issues within the world of Pixar.
Meet Our Team
Samad Rizvi (Editor-in-Chief, Writer)
Samad is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pixar Times, and its sister site The Disney Times. He resides in Forest Hills, NY, where he is currently completing a doctorate in clinical psychology. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Children of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth, and of course, Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up. Read his Pixar Times posts here.
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Jerrod Maruyama (Art Director, Writer)
Jerrod Maruyama is a freelance illustrator currently residing in Sacramento, CA. His passions include character design, animated films, Disneyland and all things cute. His artwork has appeared in galleries around the country, including the WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. Read his Pixar Times posts here.
Josh Spiegel (Writer)
Josh isn’t just a Disney buff, a film buff, or a TV buff. He’s a pop-culture obsessive, through and through. His long journey began in Western New York and has taken him to the American Southwest, where he resides with his wife and six–count ’em, six–cats. Among his favorite overall films are Singin’ In The Rain, There Will Be Blood, A Matter of Life and Death, and The Royal Tenenbaums. His favorite Disney movie (non-Pixar) is Beauty and the Beast, but his favorite Pixar movie is Ratatouille, and he thinks the latter is at least five times better than the former. Read his Pixar Perspective column posts here.