After months of speculating, we now know who will be replacing John Lasseter as Chief Creative Officers
Inside Out and Up director Pete Docter and Frozen Director have been named Disney and Pixar’s new Chief Creative Officers. Docter will oversee Pixar, while Lee will oversee Walt Disney Animation.
Disney announced today that the two “will have creative oversight of all films and associated projects of their respective studios,” reporting directly to Wald Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.
In announcing their appointments, Horn said,
“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Pete, the genius creative force behind Up, Inside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking Frozen, has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective. Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture, and values of these renowned animation studios, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them to lead us into the future.”
The decision comes after a six sabbatical, On Nov. 21 last year, Lasseter acknowledged the problematic behavior and said he would take a six-month leave of absence in order “to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve.”
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