Lasseter left Pixar amid groping allegations
John Lasseter, the former head of Pixar who left the animation giant amid claims of groping in the workplace, has a new job.
Lasseter will start work this month as head of animation at the Skydance studio.
The animation executive resigned from Pixar, which is owned by Disney, in June. His new role makes him one of the first movie bosses to find a new role after losing their job due to post-#MeToo allegations.
Skydance is owned by Mission: Impossible producer David Ellison, who founded the studio in 2010 with money inherited from his billionaire father Larry Ellison.
David Ellison said: “We did not enter into this decision lightly. John has acknowledged and apologised for his mistakes and, during the past year away from the workplace, has endeavoured to address and reform them.” Ellison didn’t specify how Lasseter had reformed his behaviour.
During his time at Pixar, Lasseter directed Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Cars, Cars 2 and A Bug’s Life before moving to a production role. He executive produced Frozen as well as Toy Story 3, Finding Dory and The Incredibles 2.
Lasseter officially left Pixar last June, after initially taking a leave of absence in November 2017 when he admitted “mis-steps” in his behaviour in the workplace amid claims of groping.
A spokesperson for Skydance said the company’s two most senior women – chief creative officer Dana Goldberg and chief marketing officer Anne Globe – supported the decision to hire Lasseter.
Lasseter said in a statement that, since leaving Pixar, he had been in “deep reflection, learning how my actions made colleagues deeply uncomfortable, which I deeply regret and apologise for.” He added he intended working at Sundance “building safety, trust and mutual respect.”