John Lasseter to Exit Disney At Year’s End

Former Pixar chief John Lasseter will exit his post as chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation. The company announced the news on Friday.

Lasseter was coming to the end of a six month sabbatical following multiple alleged misconduct claims with many wondering what Disney intended to do with him. It has now been revealed he will assume a consulting role at the studio until December 31st at which time he will exit the company.

In an official statement from the studio’s CEO Bob Iger, he says:

“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 contributions, 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.

Lasseter himself has also contributed to the press release, saying:

“The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities. While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges. I am extremely proud of what two of the most important and prolific animation studios have achieved under my leadership and I’m grateful for all of the opportunities to follow my creative passion at Disney.”

Source: The Wrap