News : Pixar Co-founder Ed Catmull to retire after 32 years

Pixar Co-founder Ed Catmull to retire after 32 years

Pixar Co-founder Ed Catmull has announced his plans to retire by the end of this year. Announcing his retirement, Catmull said, “Never in my wildest imagination could I have conceived of the path or the extraordinary people I have worked with.” Catmull will continue to serve as the adviser through July 2019 before retiring formally after 32 years.

About Pixar:

Pixar (Pixar Animation Studios) is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Ed Catmull Wiki :

Edwin Earl Catmull (born March 31, 1945) is an American computer scientist and former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. As a computer scientist, Catmull has contributed to many important developments in computer graphics.

In 1986, Steve Jobs bought Lucasfilm’s digital division and founded Pixar, where Catmull became the Chief Technical Officer. At Pixar, he was a key developer of the RenderMan rendering system used in films such as Toy Story (1995) and Finding Nemo (2003).

After Disney acquired Pixar in January 2006, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger put Catmull and John Lasseter in charge of reinvigorating the Disney animation studios. According to a “Los Angeles Times” article, part of this effort was to allow directors more creative control as collaborators on their projects and to give them the creative freedom to use traditional animation techniques—a reversal of former CEO Michael Eisner’s decision that Disney would do only digital animation, which Catmull thought was the wrong idea of how Pixar’s films did well.

Pixar Co-founder Ed Catmull to retire after 32 years



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