EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed animator Sanjay Patel, who was Academy Award-nominated this year for his short film Sanjay’s Super Team. That short was made with Pixar and accompanied the company’s feature The Good Dinosaur. The pic was based on Patel’s own childhood experience as an immigrant growing up in the U.S. and received critical acclaim as the first Pixar production to feature a diverse main character.

Patel rose through the ranks at Pixar as an animator and then supervisor on hit films Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. It wasn’t long before Pixar principal creative advisor John Lasseter had tapped him to write and direct his original film.

Patel is also an accomplished author and illustrator of numerous books, including The Little Book Of Hindu Deities and The Ramayana: Divine Loophole.

Patel is repped by Bethany Haynes of Sloss Eckhouse.