John Lasseter, head of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Co.'s Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a six-month leave of absence after acknowledging "missteps," The Hollywood Reporter wrote Nov. 21.
Lasseter said in a staff memo that the decision followed "difficult conversations." He also apologized for making employees feel disrespected or uncomfortable.
Lasseter, one of the founders of Pixar, has served as chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2006. He directed "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" among other Pixar films, and has produced or executive produced every Pixar project. He was also the executive producer of every Walt Disney Animation feature.