Jennifer Lee '05SOA to Head Disney Animation Studios

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Jennifer Lee '05SOA to Head Disney Animation Studios


Jennifer Lee, the Oscar-winning director best known for her hit animated films Frozen and Inside Out was recently named the new head of Walt Disney Animation Studios as chief creative officer. Lee is the first woman to ever lead Disney.

In a New York Times article, writer Brooks Barnes called Lee “[one of] the most important people in Hollywood,” along with new Pixar Animation Studios head, Pete Docter. Lee and Docter have replaced John Lasseter, who managed both animation studios until earlier this month.

Lee got her start with animated films when she co-wrote the screenplay for Wreck-It-Ralph with fellow friend and Columbia film alumnus Phil Johnston '04. A year later, she co-wrote and co-directed the blockbuster, Frozen, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014. She was instrumental in bringing Frozen to Broadway. 

Read the full article on Columbia University School of the Arts news here.