David Silverman took an interest in animation and cartooning at age 9. Making super 8 movies, drawing and tuba playing eventually led him to the UCLA Animation Workshop. After a variety of freelance jobs David became an animator on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. There he, along with fellow animators Wes Acher and Bill Kopp, began animating and developing The Simpsons with Matt Groening.
In 1989 The Simpsons was made into a primetime series, and David became a director, and later a supervising director and a producer. Then a call from Steve Jobs brought David to Pixar. He reconnected with his friend Pete Docter and became a co-director on Monsters, Inc. in 1998. He also worked as story editor on Blue Sky’s Ice Age (2002) and as a board artist on Robots (2005). David did boards for Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) before becoming supervising director of The Simpsons once again. He directed three of the Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials before taking on directing The Simpsons Movie (2007). David recently directed the soon-to-be-released animated feature Extinct.