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Former Pixar chief John Lasseter has been named head of Skydance Animation.
The hire comes after Lasseter has been trying, and largely failing, to drum up interest from studios in recent months, having met with Warner Bros. and other players. Many major studios and technology companies were wary of partnering with Lasseter because he was ousted from Pixar in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.
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Lasseter will be based in Los Angeles and will start his job later in January. Variety contacted Skydance about a possible deal for Lasseter in December when word had begun to leak that the animation guru was trying to find a new home, but the company was unresponsive.
If Lasseter is successful at Skydance, he will be one of the first industry figures to mount a career come back in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era. Some publicly traded companies were particularly concerned about the optics and legal issues surrounding the hiring of a man who had been pushed out of his last job for misbehavior.
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Lasseter, who was chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, was initially placed on a “sabbatical” in November of 2017 after employees complained about his inappropriate behavior towards female employees. Pixar staffers who worked with Lasseter told Variety that the animation chief had rubbed their legs and kissed them on the lips and was reprimanded for making out with a subordinate at an Oscar party in 2010. In a memo at the time of his leave of absence, Lasseter stopped short of addressing allegations in detail, but...
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