'Horton' helmer hears call of UTA


"Horton Hears a Who!" director Jimmy Hayward has signed with UTA. He had been without agency representation.

"Horton," featuring the voices of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Seth Rogen, has grossed more than $275 million worldwide to date and marked Hayward's feature directorial debut.

Hayward began his career as an animator on the Canadian TV series "ReBoot" before becoming a member of the Pixar family, where he worked on such films as "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo." He also was involved in Fox and Blue Sky's animated film "Robots."

Hayward continues to be repped by manager Jason Grode. (partialdiff)