Friday, June 8, 2018

Adios to John

Bad behavior apparently (allegedly) cause the Mouse to part ways with Mr. Lasseter:

John Lasseter, the creative force behind Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Animation, is officially exiting his post as chief creative officer of both animation studios at the end of this year, the Walt Disney Co. said today. His departure follows his admission last year that he had committed unspecified "missteps" that left some employees feeling "disrespected or uncomfortable." ...

Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO said, "John had a remarkable tenure at Pixar and Disney Animation, reinventing the animation business, taking breathtaking risks, and telling original, high quality stories that will last forever. ... One of John's greatest achievements is assembling a team of great storytellers and innovators. ..."

Studio sources said that John's current three-year employment contract is up at the end of the year. So from now until December, Mr. Lasseter will act as a consultant for the two animation divisions he lead for a number of years. After that? Some other studio will make use of his talents, or he perhaps he'll pursue independent projects.

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