The report described the session at the animation headquarters in Los Angeles as an intense and "heavy" tone, with many sharp questions coming from young executives. Meanwhile, Lasseter admitted to committing irregularities and committed himself to "proving that he had been corrected."
Lasseter had been on the radar since he left Disney, and the announcement of his new role in Sky Dance last week shocked Hollywood, sparking anger among many Pixar female employees, according to sources. Other women in the animation industry were very unstable, according to Hollywood ReporterWhich some cited as never working in Skydance as long as Lasseter was there. The Times, the activist group founded following allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, issued a statement saying Lester's appointment "supports and lengthens a broken system." Also on Monday, "animated women" broke their silence on the issue, saying Lester's appointment "weakened" the group's progress in sexual harassment cases in the animation industry.
So far, despite these calls, there has been no sense that Lasseter will step down or that Skydance chief executive David Ellison will reverse his decision to hire an animation expert behind films like Game Story, the cars, And Company of monsters. No entities have put any real pressure on Skydance to do so. Paramount, which has a distribution deal with SkyDance, was reportedly surprised by Lacer's hiring, and many of the staff there are uncomfortable with it. But the studio, at least at this stage, did not say he would not release films he made. One insider noted, referring to the unpalatable Paramount arrangement among the studios, and Laster's record which is almost perfect for producing very popular films.
If there was anything, Hollywood was unusually calm in the aftermath of Lasseter's return. Apart from a handful of articles, including an article by Mary McNamara in Times Los Angeles Entitled "The Return of John Lasseter proves that Hollywood still does not understand the damage it caused," and senior officials and sheikhs remained mothers.
Monday's review shows that Lasseter's return will not be easy for him, and that there will be other demands for answers on his behavior and what he has done to change it. Think of this attempt to return from afar.