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Keep in mind that people in the animation biz knew Lasseter had been fired from Toy Story 4 almost a year before Disney officially announced his departure from the film.

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Source: John Lasseter Already Out of Pixar for Good, Disney Waiting to Announce After “Coco” Oscar Run
Pixar’s John Lasseter is supposedly on a six month leave of absence from the animation house.
But I’m told that Lasseter has already negotiated his exit with parent company, Disney. They’re just waiting until “Coco,” Pixar’s release this weekend, has its Oscar run without interference. The six months would end just after the Academy Awards on March 4th.
Roger Friedman, November 24

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Disney Faces Daunting Questions in Wake of John Lasseter, Harvey Weinstein Scandals
Disney declined to answer inquiries by Variety as to whether the company was paying for Lasseter’s leave of absence and whether the entertainment giant intended to launch a formal investigation into the accusations. . . .
Sources told Variety that the executive’s behavior around young women has been known within the company since the 1990s. Whatever steps were taken to address it — which sources suggested included Disney having confronted Lasseter about the allegations — did not stop the complaints, which have continued until quite recently.
“This is not one guy going around acting inappropriately,” said Amid Amidi, the publisher of Cartoon Brew, a site that covers the animation industry. “This is one guy enabled by a massive corporate structure to act inappropriately.”
A former Pixar employee agreed, saying that CEO Bob Iger knew about a 2010 Oscar party where Lasseter was seen making out with a junior staffer.
“They’ve known for a long time,” the source said. “It has gone all the way to the top. I know personally that Bob was aware. … Everybody was aware. They just didn’t do anything about it.” . . .
The company could also face lawsuits from employees whom Lasseter never touched inappropriately, but who could allege that their careers suffered due to a discriminatory environment.
Rashida Jones emphasized that aspect in commenting on her own experience at Pixar. . . .
Some, however, worry that Lasseter’s boundless enthusiasm — which sets the tone at Pixar — will now be inhibited. Bill Capodagli, co-author of “Innovate the Pixar Way,” has written that Pixar’s culture of fun is essential to its success, and urged other companies to adopt it.
“I don’t think John ever grew out of his childlike enthusiasm — that’s probably what got him into trouble,” Capodagli said. “John didn’t have any boundaries. With the hugging and kissing and things like that, you have to know your audience and be aware of when people are uncomfortable with that kind of behavior.” . . .
Variety, November 29

Walt Disney Co. Declines To Say Whether It Is Investigating Allegations Against John Lasseter
It is not yet clear how – or even if – the Walt Disney Company intends to address the situation, or whether the company is capable of self-policing sexual misconduct at its top executive levels. What is becoming evident though is that many people at Disney had known about and tolerated Lasseter’s behavior for years. . . .
Sources have additionally told Cartoon Brew that they believe there has been at least one financial settlement from the Walt Disney Company to a woman, stemming from Lasseter’s actions. . . .
Cartoon Brew, November 29

Fresh Details Emerge of John Lasseter’s Behavior, Questions Arise About How Much Disney Knew
“He’s very tactile in a weird way,” said one former female executive who, like others, spoke with Deadline on condition that she not be named in the story for fear of reprisals. “He would rub my leg in a meeting … It was creepy and weird. It got to the point where I wouldn’t sit next to him in a meeting, because it undermined everything I said.”
There’s evidence Disney may well have been aware of troubling behavior on the part of the digital animation pioneer. Indeed the Pixar co-founder attended some wrap parties with a handler to ensure he would not engage in inappropriate conduct with women, say two people with direct knowledge of the situation. . . .
Two sources recounted Lasseter’s obsession with the young character actresses portraying Disney’s Fairies, a product line built around the character of Tinker Bell. . . .
One female executive with Disney’s consumer products group found herself the focus of Lasseter’s attentions, say sources who observed their interactions.
During one trip to New York City for the annual Toy Fair, Lasseter and a group of executives met in the lobby of Trump International Hotel and decided to go out for a “nightcap.” As the group walked out onto Columbus Circle, one person saw Lasseter pull the female executive tightly to him and move his hands over her body.
The female executive later sought to laugh off the encounter, saying she didn’t think her job description included “being groped by John Lasseter,” the observer said. “But you could tell she was pissed.” . . .
Deadline.com, November 29

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Disney Animation Sets ‘Day Of Listening’ For Staff Amid Uncertainty Over John Lasseter’s Future
According to one Disney veteran who spoke to THR, the “real reason behind this day of listening is to take the temperature of staff to see how likely it is that Lasseter can come back. That’s a stretch to put somebody back in charge of animation at such a storied brand as Disney after the revelations of his behavior.”
While such an event has never been held at Disney, similar events have been held at Disney’s other feature animation studio, Pixar. A studio source who wishes to remain anonymous told Cartoon Brew, “More than two years ago, Pixar conducted a ‘Day of Reflection’ at their Emeryville campus to understand what the issues were contributing to low morale. Much of the feedback pointed to Lasseter as the main problem. When he received the feedback, he sulked for a week before getting back to being King John.”
Cartoon Brew, January 31

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Two years ago? That would have been around the time Lasseter was secretly fired from Toy Story 4, no?

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COMMENTARY: Why Did ‘Coco’ Producer Darla K. Anderson Ditch Pixar Just Days After Winning The Oscar?
The timing of Anderson’s exit raises new questions about what is happening right now internally at Pixar. Even Brenda Chapman, who left Pixar following the release of Brave, waited for one month after her film’s theatrical release before exiting.
So, it’s extremely telling that Anderson, a staunch Pixar loyalist who was known by people at the studio to be extremely protective of the company brand, had planned to leave immediately after the end of Oscar season. . . .
While it’s unlikely that Anderson will speak anytime soon about why she chose to leave Pixar (she has also demurred on adequately addressing Lasseter’s actions), it would not be surprising to see other longtime Pixar upper brass follow the same path. That’s because one of the most damning revelations that has emerged out of the entire sordid Lasseter scandal is that his “missteps” were widely known to people who worked at the studio, and the studio’s management spent years protecting Lasseter at the expense of his victims. . . .
Anderson’s Pixar career may or may not be collateral damage of the Lasseter scandal, but her decision to sever ties with the company at the first convenient moment, not to mention the ringing endorsements from Disney brass, suggest that there’s more to the story. Whatever her particular situation may be, other Pixar careers will almost certainly come undone before the Lasseter drama has ended.
Cartoon Brew, March 9

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Another of John Lasseter's (female!) lieutenants bites the dust:

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Lori McAdams, John Lasseter Protector And Key Figure In Illegal Wage-Fixing Conspiracy, Is Leaving Pixar
Lori McAdams, a longtime veteran of Pixar and one of the studio’s highest-ranking women in executive management, is leaving the company, according to a new report in The Hollywood Reporter.
McAdams had been the studio’s vice president of human resources and administration and had worked there for 14 years. The article charges that she was “seen by many as one of Lasseter’s chief protectors.” Her role in protecting Lasseter has not been clearly defined.
Her role in another matter though is much more clear: McAdams was one of the key people responsible for maintaining an illegal industry-wide wage-fixing scheme in feature animation that was in large part spearheaded by Walt Disney and Pixar Animation studios president Ed Catmull. The subsequent lawsuits resulted in a $100 million settlement from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, in addition to settlements by other corporations.
The lawsuits alleged that during her time at Pixar, McAdams repeatedly violated federal antitrust law by working with competing animation studios to artificially suppress the wages of animation workers and prevent artists the freedom to seek higher salaries by moving to other studios.
McAdams not only helped set up the “gentleman’s agreements” between studios, but she played the role of enforcer when studios didn’t follow her illegal scheme. . . .
The roots of the wage-fixing conspiracy in animation stretch back to the mid-’80s when Pixar and Lucasfilm started an agreement to restrain their competition for the same employees. Perhaps it would be interesting then to note who the head of personnel at Lucasfilm was at the time. None other than McAdams, who worked there from 1984-1998.
Cartoon Brew, April 25

What Will Disney And Pixar Do About John Lasseter?
As we near the end of John Lasseter’s six-month “sabbatical” from his role as chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar animation studios, Disney CEO Bob Iger has still not revealed what he intends to do.
The Walt Disney Company’s public response to Lasseter’s “missteps” has been nonexistent, creating the impression that they simply do not care about women employees or how they are treated. It’s also completely at odds with how every other entertainment conglomerate has dealt recently with sexual harassment situations, from Comcast-NBCUniversal’s handling of Matt Lauer to Fox’s handling of Louis C.K. In nearly every instance, those companies have issued a swift response by launching an investigation into the accusations, and then based on those results, taken the appropriate action. . . .
Any investigation into Lasseter would potentially implicate a large group of Disney and Pixar’s executives all the way up to Bob Iger, who saw no problem with allowing Lasseter to act as he did until the #MeToo movement made Lasseter’s behavior indefensible.
“All of his behavior was condoned,” an animator told The Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters in a lengthy piece published yesterday. “It wasn’t just the drinking. It was his never having grown up. Some of senior management believed that was part of the secret ingredient when really the secret ingredient was a group of people.”
Masters’ piece doesn’t exactly reveal anything new about Lasseter’s behavior toward women — much has already been said — but it sheds new light on his substance abuse problems and ego issues. . . .
The article also discusses Lasseter’s treatment of other artists and colleagues who he bullied and belittled. Among the people allegedly victimized by Lasseter were animator Glen Keane and producer Don Hahn, both of whom were “pushed aside” by Lasseter. “John treated [Don] like shit,” a Disney veteran is quoted telling The Hollywood Reporter. (Both Keane and Hahn declined to comment to the Reporter.)
Lasseter’s penchant for taking credit for the work of others is also exposed in the Reporter piece. Jorgen Klubien, who co-created Cars with Joe Ranft, told the Reporter that Lasseter would often repeat what other colleagues said, but the person taking notes included only Lasseter’s words, making it appear that Lasseter had originated thoughts that he was only repeating. . . .
In a 2014 interview with a Danish publication, Klubien, who has known Lasseter since the late 1970s, foresaw much of what is happening right now: "John is about to explode from obesity and red wine these days. That’s because he’s living a lie. Like some strange Scrooge McDuck, he’s bathing in awards and money and people worshipping him because they think he’s made the whole thing. But one day the truth will come out. I’m not the only one he’s lying to." . . .
Cartoon Brew, April 26

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Disney considering welcoming back Pixar co-founder John Lasseter after allegations of unwanted touching: report
Executives at Walt Disney Co. have discussed bringing animation guru John Lasseter back to the company in a new role that would reduce his managerial power but allow him to retain creative influence, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Those discussions come as the end of Mr. Lasseter’s six-month leave, taken following accusations of unwelcome hugging and other touching, approaches on May 21. So far, Disney has given no indication whether or not Mr. Lasseter will return. It is also possible that Monday will pass with no decision. . . .
Wall Street Journal, May 16

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#LoseLasseter Campaign Gains Steam As Disney Considers Bringing Back Alleged Harasser
The absence of corporate leadership at Disney at a time when it is most needed is mind-boggling to a large percentage of the animation industry. The same company that can make a split-second decision about Roseanne based on a single tweet has been completely impotent for months in the face of overwhelming evidence and believable claims that one of its key animation execs spent years engaging in the physical and verbal harassment of women and helped to create a sexually hostile work environment.
Cartoon Brew, May 30

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BREAKING: John Lasseter Will Remain Employed By Disney Through The End Of 2018
John Laseter, 61, the disgraced chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar animation studios, will remain employed by the Walt Disney Company through December 31, 2018. He will continue to work in a consulting role, the Walt Disney Company said today, though he will not have an office at either studio.
At the beginning of the new year, he will depart the Walt Disney Company. The company did not offer a reason for his departure.
The Walt Disney Company has not announced who will take over Lasseter’s roles at Disney and Pixar. The New York Times, however, spoke to a person briefed on the matter, and the expectation is that Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee will be promoted at Walt Disney Animation and Up and Inside Out director Pete Docter will take on “greater responsibilities” at Pixar. . . .
Cartoon Brew, June 8

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