Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter Will Take Over Lasseter’s Duties and Lead Pixar, Disney Animation


Lee/Docter Side-by-side

It was announced today that Jennifer Lee will take over as Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and that Pete Docter will become Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios.

This comes after John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of both studios, decided to step down after committing “missteps” in the workplace.

Lee was promoted from within Walt Disney Animation Studios and has directed the box office smash, Frozen, earned an Oscar. She joined Disney Animation in 2011 as a co-writer of Wreck-It Ralph and is producing Frozen 2 and the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet.

At Pixar Animation Studios, Docter was promoted after his success directing Up and Inside Out, two Oscar winners. He joined Pixar in 1990 as an original employee who was a supervising animator for Toy Story and later executive produced Monsters University and Brave.

Disney announced that both Lee and Docter “will have creative oversight of all films and projects in their respective studios.”



Andrew Millstein will stay on as President of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Jim Morris will remain President of Pixar Animation Studios. Both will report to Ed Catmull, President of Disney and Pixar Animation Studios who will report to Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

Horn praised Lee and Docter as “two of the most gifted filmmakers [he has] ever had the pleasure to work with,” having creative forces and bold visions that will lead the studios into the future.

Source/Image: The Hollywood Reporter


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