Category: john lasseter

I believe in second chances, and I believe we …

I believe in second chances, and I believe we should push the dialogue forward, but this is challenging for anyone, not just women.

I believe in second chances, and I believe we …

I believe in second chances, and I believe we should push the dialogue forward, but this is challenging for anyone, not just women.

Ousted Pixar Chief John Lasseter Hired by Skyd…

Ousted Pixar Chief John Lasseter Hired by Skydance Animation:

“We have not entered into this decision lightly,” Skydance Media CEO David Ellison informed his employees — and therefore, the press — about the decision on January 9, 2019, to hire disgraced Pixar head John Lasseter to fill the animation group president position that was not currently vacant. 

When Skydance announced its plan to move beyond its video games and live-action productions and into animated features in October 2017, the production company tapped DreamWorks Animation veteran Bill Damaschke. No news of Damaschke’s plans to leave have been announced except what Ellison explained today as part of the bigger (more controversial) announcement. 

“Bill Damaschke will be transitioning from his current role, and we are hopeful he will choose to remain within the Skydance family.”

The memo, which can be read in full here, mentions the “extensive investigation” and careful evaluation of Lasseter’s previous conduct, which I imagine includes not just a record of what complaints he received before his forced sabbatical and departure from Disney-Pixar but also of how much money ($11 billion box office for Pixar alone) and fame he raked in for the group during his tenure… That is, after all, how businesses make money. 

It seems Skydance chooses to risk what Disney-Pixar cannot, to give a “second” chance to the “storyteller” whose “art transcends generations and cultures” as the group tries to get their animation division off the ground.

I would like to see them also focusing on making the animation industry a safer place for victims of “inappropriate conduct” and other euphemisms of harassment. 

While reports of Lasseter’s conduct were certainly enough to have family companies like Disney showing him the door, no news of legal action has been reported, so it’s hard to say what the extent of Lasseter’s “misconduct” entails. Skydance reports that they investigated Lasseter as well, and they’re taking a chance on his attempts in the past year to “address and reform” his mistakes. 

It may pay off. I desperately want it to go well, for the rest of the employees’ sakes.

According to Deadline, Lasseter also laid out his wishes for a brighter future at Skydance:

“I have spent the last year away from the industry in deep reflection, learning how my actions unintentionally made colleagues uncomfortable, which I deeply regret and apologize for. It has been humbling, but I believe it will make me a better leader.

“I join Skydance with the same enthusiasm that drove me to help build Pixar, with a firm desire to tell original and diverse stories for audiences everywhere. With what I have learned and how I have grown in the past year, I am resolute in my commitment to build an animation studio upon a foundation of quality, safety, trust and mutual respect.”

Lasseter begins work in the Los Angeles office later this month. Skydance Animation’s films “Luck,” “Split” and “Powerless” are still in pre-production.

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

Ousted Pixar Chief John Lasseter Hired by Skyd…

Ousted Pixar Chief John Lasseter Hired by Skydance Animation:

“We have not entered into this decision lightly,” Skydance Media CEO David Ellison informed his employees — and therefore, the press — about the decision on January 9, 2019, to hire disgraced Pixar head John Lasseter to fill the animation group president position that was not currently vacant. 

When Skydance announced its plan to move beyond its video games and live-action productions and into animated features in October 2017, the production company tapped DreamWorks Animation veteran Bill Damaschke. No news of Damaschke’s plans to leave have been announced except what Ellison explained today as part of the bigger (more controversial) announcement. 

“Bill Damaschke will be transitioning from his current role, and we are hopeful he will choose to remain within the Skydance family.”

The memo, which can be read in full here, mentions the “extensive investigation” and careful evaluation of Lasseter’s previous conduct, which I imagine includes not just a record of what complaints he received before his forced sabbatical and departure from Disney-Pixar but also of how much money ($11 billion box office for Pixar alone) and fame he raked in for the group during his tenure… That is, after all, how businesses make money. 

It seems Skydance chooses to risk what Disney-Pixar cannot, to give a “second” chance to the “storyteller” whose “art transcends generations and cultures” as the group tries to get their animation division off the ground.

I would like to see them also focusing on making the animation industry a safer place for victims of “inappropriate conduct” and other euphemisms of harassment. 

While reports of Lasseter’s conduct were certainly enough to have family companies like Disney showing him the door, no news of legal action has been reported, so it’s hard to say what the extent of Lasseter’s “misconduct” entails. Skydance reports that they investigated Lasseter as well, and they’re taking a chance on his attempts in the past year to “address and reform” his mistakes. 

It may pay off. I desperately want it to go well, for the rest of the employees’ sakes.

According to Deadline, Lasseter also laid out his wishes for a brighter future at Skydance:

“I have spent the last year away from the industry in deep reflection, learning how my actions unintentionally made colleagues uncomfortable, which I deeply regret and apologize for. It has been humbling, but I believe it will make me a better leader.

“I join Skydance with the same enthusiasm that drove me to help build Pixar, with a firm desire to tell original and diverse stories for audiences everywhere. With what I have learned and how I have grown in the past year, I am resolute in my commitment to build an animation studio upon a foundation of quality, safety, trust and mutual respect.”

Lasseter begins work in the Los Angeles office later this month. Skydance Animation’s films “Luck,” “Split” and “Powerless” are still in pre-production.

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

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“He Who Must Not Be Named”: Can John Lasseter …

“He Who Must Not Be Named”: Can John Lasseter Ever Return to Disney?:

THR originally reported on Lasseter’s sabbatical in November 2017, following other reports about his behavior the same day.

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As hard as it is for me to step away from a jo…

As hard as it is for me to step away from a job I am so passionate about and a team I hold in the highest regard, not just as artists but as people, I know it’s the best thing for all of us right now. My hope is that a six-month sabbatical will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve.

“You working on any movies right now?”“Just one.”Monsters…

“You working on any movies right now?”
“Just one.”

Monsters University director Dan Scanlon coyly teased an inquiring fan on Twitter this month before announcing at D23 that he’ll be helming one of Pixar’s next projects: an “untitled suburban fantasy.” 

Variety.com reports that John Lasseter introduced the project and Scanlon at the Expo by saying, “We love taking audiences to new worlds they’ve never seen before.” An encouraging promise in light of the sequels currently slated for Pixar after original film Coco this year: Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, while exciting, won’t be taking anyone to completely new worlds. 

The film will cover a very personal topic to Scanlon: a unknown father, lost at an early age. (I am making a note to bring tissues to this one — Pixar films can really make you cry). 

Scanlon also explained that “this movie is a mixture of the fantastic and everyday.” The D23 website provides more insight:

The story is set in a world with no humans—only elves, trolls, and sprites—“anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s,” said the director. “In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.” 

The release date, while not yet set, should be no sooner than 2020, with slots on March 13 or June 19 available for that year. June 18, 2021, has also been reserved by Pixar.

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )