Saira Weigel, Executive Producer of Animation and Digital Asset Production, Wieden+Kennedy Portland
Saira Weigel is the executive producer of animation and digital asset production, overseeing a team of 10 motion artists for one of the world’s most creative companies. She grew up in Kuwait and Kerala, in South India, learning to speak four languages, including her mother tongue Malayalam, the national language of Hindi, as well as Arabic and English. At the end of her undergraduate studies in computer science and engineering, a thesis project in coding led to creating animated visuals and inspired Saira to pursue a masters in computer animation. It was a decision that ultimately brought her to America in 1993, after convincing her parents it would lead to a career at NASA or in medical research. It didn’t work out that way, but she landed in the then-thriving VFX industry in the Bay Area. The combination of programming and animation studies led to her first job, as a technical director for Tippett Studio, which was beginning production on a VFX-heavy film, Starship Troopers (later to be known as one of sci-fi’s greatest cult classics). A strong desire to be involved in productions, and a knack for finding opportunities to tell stories in traditional as well as new and alternative media, has led to a 21-year career in animation spanning both coasts. Prior to Wieden+Kennedy, Saira has lent her talents to a wide range of production houses: the Academy Award–nominated stop-motion animation studio LAIKA, award-winning ad house Psyop, the CG feature animation house Blue Sky Studios, and even a few years running her own business, among other creative endeavors. Today she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.
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