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Pixar co-founder and former Disney animation chief John Lasseter has been hired to run the recently launched animation division of Skydance Media, the production company announced Wednesday.
Lasseter, one of the most illustrious and pioneering figures in animation, stepped down from Disney last June in the wake of complaints about unwanted workplace touching.
Statement - Lasseter - Year - Industry - Reflection
In a statement, Lasseter said he has 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,' said Lasseter.
Memo - Staff - Skydance - Executive - David
In a memo to staff, Skydance chief executive David Ellison emphasized that he didn't take the decision lightly.
Ellison said Skydance employed outside counsel to 'thoroughly investigate the allegations' against Lasseter.
'John - Ownership - Behavior - Actions - Year
'John has been forthright in taking ownership of his behavior, apologized for his actions and has spent the past year on sabbatical analyzing and improving his workplace behavior,' Ellison told staffers.
Time's Up, the organization founded to combat sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood and elsewhere, sharply criticized the hiring of Lasseter.
'Skydance - Media - Decision - John - Lasseter
'Skydance Media's decision to hire John Lasseter as head of animation endorses and perpetuates a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequence,' Time's Up said in statement.
'At a moment when we should be uplifting the many talented voices who are consistently underrepresented, Skydance Media is providing another position of power, prominence and privilege to a...
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