Via The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has named Pixar animator Pete Docter, of Up and Inside Out fame, to head Pixar Animation Studios and Jennifer Lee, writer of Frozen, to head Walt Disney Animation Studios. They replace John Lasseter who had headed both studios. Lasseter had to step down when allegations arose that he had made several employees “disrespted and uncomfortable.”
Disney announced Tuesday that the Docter and Lee “will have creative oversight of all films and associated projects of their respective studios,” reporting directly to Walt 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.”
*Photo of Jennifer Lee at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo)
*Photo of Pete Docter at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 6, 2010. (AP Photo)