Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to Head Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar

By Kay, Jeremy | Screen International, June 20, 2018 | Go to article overview

Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to Head Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar


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Outgoing John Lasseter will depart Disney on December 31.

Jennifer Lee Pete Docter

As expected, Disney has named Jennifer Lee head of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pete Docter head of Pixar in the wake of the John Lasseter controversy.

Both executives are named chief creative officer in their respective roles and report to The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

The succession comes after Disney announced it was letting go of Lasseter following allegations of improper behaviour towards women. The former Disney animation chief will leave the studio on December 31 after a six-month transitional stint as consultant.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” Horn said. “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.”

Lee joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2011 as co-writer of Wreck-It Ralph and alongside Chris Buck she directed the Oscar-winning Frozen, which remains the highest grossing animation in history.

She played a key role on the story team for Zootopia and is currently in production on Frozen 2, due out in November 2019. …

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