The Walt Disney Company has announced a restructure in leadership at both Disney Animation and Blue Sky Studio.
According to Deadline, Walt Disney Animation President Andrew Millstein has been named Co-President of the recently acquired Fox’s Blue Sky Studios. While Zootopia producer Clark Spencer will now take over Millstein’s position at Disney Animation.
The announcement was made earlier today from Disney Studios’ CCO and Co-Chairman Alan Horn and Co-Chairman Alan Bergman.
Millstein will share the role with Rob Baird. The appointment follows the announced exit of former Co-President Andrea Miloro who shared she was stepping down from her role of two years.
Spencer will work alongside CCO Jennifer Lee and will report to Bergman. Jim Morris, President, Pixar Animation Studios is expanding his role and will now serve in a supervisory capacity at Blue Sky Studios. Millstein will report to Morris.
Both Horn and Bergman released a statement:
“We are incredibly proud of the strength and depth of leadership in our animation studios, and Andrew, Clark, and Jim are all exemplars of that. The remarkable success of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios over the past decade is due in large part to the respective leadership of Andrew and Jim and their ability to foster creativity, technology, and culture in equal parts, and we are thrilled that they will be lending their experience to the Blue Sky team along with Robert Baird’s creative guidance. Clark has been an invaluable leader and contributor at Disney Animation, combining exceptional creative and business instincts, and we’re so pleased he will be leading this historic studio in a key role alongside Jennifer Lee.”
Millstein has been with Disney for 22 years, and was President of Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2014, and oversaw some of Disney recents hits like Zootopia, Moana, and Tangled just to name a few.
Spencer has been with the company since 2002 and has produced critical and financial Disney films such as Lilo & Stitch, Winnie The Pooh, Frozen, Zootopia, and the Ralph films.