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06 June 2006, 02:42 PM
"The Los Angeles Times has published a lengthy profile of Dr. Ed Catmull (,1,478615.story?coll=la-headlines-business-enter&ctrack=1&cset=true), Pixar's co-president and current president of Disney Features Animation (free registration required). The article covers Catmull's management approach, centered around building a "talent-ocracy" where management is shaped around the talent rather than vice-versa"

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06 June 2006, 04:34 PM
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06 June 2006, 05:45 AM
Wow, great article. Very inspiring.

After seeing some of the changes Catmull has already instituted it's even harder to believe that people used to claim that Disney's development process was just fine. Props to Iger for being able to see that change was needed, and being able to get the people who can help make those changes.

Here's to a new Golden Age for Disney! :applause: :love:

06 June 2006, 06:23 PM
A very informative and inspirational piece. Thanks Roberto
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06 June 2006, 08:23 PM
A good read for anyone, in many industries.

"Always hire people who are smarter than you."

Many employers are afraid of this notion, but it's only through the investment of your people that your company can succeed.

06 June 2006, 08:42 PM
Good article. But what's with the line "Steve Jobs created Pixar", then a few paragraphs later he clearly states it was started by Lucas, who hired Catmull?

06 June 2006, 05:43 PM
I think that it means that Pixar as a company didn't exist until Steve Jobs purchased it from Lucasfilms. Lucasfilms hired Ed Catmull and John Lasseter (and many other people), and then spun off the division as a separate company.

06 June 2006, 07:01 PM
"Always hire people who are smarter than you."

Many employers are afraid of this notion, but it's only through the investment of your people that your company can succeed.

Then my boss must be a management guru, because so far he's managed to follow that rule pretty well :shrug:

Tee hee hee :)

Anyway... it looks likr good news for 2d fans out there, as he seems to have repealed the "no new 2d" rule.
I guess 2d animation is never going to come back as strong as it was, but at least there's some chance.

06 June 2006, 07:30 PM
Yeah, I was very happy to see that 2D is back on the table for those projects where it makes sense. I hope this will mean some different looks in 2D from Disney, more painterly and artistic. I really loved the lushness of Lilo & Stitch, for example, because of the painted backgrounds.

06 June 2006, 07:30 PM
In my readings it claims that Pixar originally started out as a joint venture between Stevie and George. Steve bought it out with the expectation of packaging and selling a hardware/software environment for film animation. That turned out to be a bust. They even tried pushing it on Disney, and they said no freakin way you're messing with our 2D way of business. I believe Pixar's first foray was in Wraith of Khan. They did the genesis effect on the planet. Then when Steve discovered no one was willing to pay exorbant fees for the technology, he was preparing to shut the whole thing down. It was Catmull and Lasseter that coerced Steve to venture into film making...more like arm pulling. Then along came Toy Story and the rest is history. Steve sucked the whole limelight up to make him feel better about being pushed out of Apple.

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