Following news of John Lasseter’s departure at the end of this coming year, Pixar and The Walt Disney Company have announced that “Frozen” co-director and “Zootopia” co-writer Jennifer Lee has been named Chief Creative Officer for Walt Disney Animation Studios and that “Up” and “Monsters Inc.” director Pete Docter has been named Chief Creative Officer, Pixar Animation Studios.
Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios says in a statement: “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.”
Lee and Docter were reportedly taking on extra duties at their respective studios as Lasseter transitioned from his previous executive position to that of a consultant before his exit in the wake of misconduct allegations.
Source: Disney Studios