Disney toon execs Andrew Millstein of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Jim Morris of Pixar Animation Studios have been promoted to new President posts at their respective studios, the Mouse House’s Ed Catmull announced today. Both will continue to report directly to Catmull.
Millstein’s title bump from EVP and General Manager comes on the heels of recent Disney Animation hits Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, all time high-grosser Frozen and recent score Big Hero 6, which led a new generation of Disney animation under Millstein’s guidance. Millstein has been at the studio since 1997, moving from the motion pictures division to Disney Animation’s digital/special effects division The Secret Lab.
“Andrew’s leadership has been a major factor in the renaissance of Walt Disney Animation, and we’re excited to see what wonderful films and technological advancements continue to emerge from that group under his leadership,” said Catmull.
Morris previously oversaw production on Pixar’s features, shorts, DVD content and theme park projects as the studio’s General Manager and EVP Production, also overseeing Pixar’s Studio Tools, Systems, Development and Human Resources. A producer on Pixar’s Oscar-winning WALL•E, Morris came to Pixar after serving as President at Lucas Digital overseeing Skywalker Sound and ILM. Powerhouse Pixar has enjoyed 14 consecutive No. 1 box office openings and releases the Pete Doctor-helmed Inside Out next summer.
“I’m continually impressed by Jim’s business and creative acumen,” said Catmull. “He truly understands film production inside and out, and his management of Pixar allows its culture to continually grow, explore new areas and technology, and advance new ways of storytelling.”