The Walt Disney Company has confirmed that John Lasseter will be departing the Walt Disney Company.
Disney has also stated that until December 31st, Lasseter will be in a consulting role at Disney. Disney has yet to confirm who will take over as Chief Creative Officer at Disney and Pixar. Sources say that Pete Docter (Inside Out) and Jennifer Lee (Frozen) are in the running to take on a larger role.
Robert Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company said this, “John had a remarkable tenure at Pixar and Disney Animation, reinventing the animation business, taking breathtaking risks, and telling original, high quality stories that will last forever. We are profoundly grateful for his contribution, which included a masterful and remarkable turnaround of The Walt Disney Animation Studios. One of John’s greatest achievements is assembling a team of great storytellers and innovators with the vision and talent to set the standard in animation for generations to come.”
Harassments at Pixar
In November 2017, Lasseter took a leave of absence from Disney following reports of harassments toward employees at Pixar.
Earlier this year, we heard rumblings of Lasseter returning to Disney. Lasseter will be there as a consultant and depart at the end of the year.