John discusses the new leadership at Pixar and Disney.
As most of you know by now, Pixar and Disney Animation head John Lasseter is going to be leaving the Disney company at the end of the year. Now, his replacements have been announced. Instead of one person overseeing both companies like Lasseter did, both Disney Animation and Pixar will get their own leader.
From Coming Soon, Jennifer Lee has been named Chief Creative Officer for Walt Disney Animation Studios and that Pete Docter has been named Chief Creative Officer, Pixar Animation Studios. Jennifer Lee joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2011 as co-writer of the Oscar-nominated Wreck-It Ralph. She is the Co-director and writer of the cultural phenomenon Frozen, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and stands as the highest grossing animated film ever released. Lee played a critical role in the story team of the Oscar-winning Zootopia and is currently in production on Frozen 2, due out in November 2019. A member of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Story Trust, Lee is also an executive producer on the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Pixar veteran Pete Docter is the director and writer of the acclaimed films Up and Inside Out, which each won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and the Oscar-winning Monsters, Inc. Docter was one of Pixar’s first employees, joining the studio in 1990, and is an original member of its vaunted Pixar Brain Trust, contributing to the stories and screenplays of many of the studio’s beloved and award-winning films including Toy Story, for which he was also the supervising animator. He is an executive producer of the Oscar-winning Brave and the Monsters, Inc. follow-up Monsters University.