David Ellison and his company Skydance Media turned to the Time & # 39; s Ups interest group before hiring John Lasseter. Variety has learned. The acquisitions were made in November by an intermediary. An insider presented her as a collection of information in nature. Lasseter was ousted from his job as he directed Pixar and overseen Disney's animation empire after being accused of inappropriately touching employees and kissing employees without their consent.
Skydance wanted Time's Ups to think about how a rehabilitation would look for a figure who is accused of his power. Sources near Time's Up, however, said the organization became uncomfortable because they felt Skydance was looking for support from the group for Lasseter's hiring.
In addition, Skydance's leadership, including Ellison, met with a consultant recommended by Time's Up who hired Lasseter. Skydance hopes to continue working with the consultant after Lasseter starts work in the company in the coming days.
Skydance worked together to integrate the thoughts of the Time's Up team into creating an apology from the animation guru for his alleged workplace misconduct while at Disney. Lasseter's apology should reflect the core values outlined in Time's Up Mission Statement and material, such as the recognition of inherent privileges and unconscious behaviors that cause discomfort in the workplace.
"I'm grateful to David and the Skydance team, and I know I've been given tremendous responsibility. It is a special privilege that I will enjoy it. I spent the last year in deep reflection on the industry and learned how unintentionally my colleagues feel uncomfortable, which I deeply regret and apologize. It was humble, but I think it will make me a better leader, "says Lasseter.
The apology should, according to the insider, reflect the idea of remorse, remorse, and restitution Lasseter told the Skydance team In addition to supporting victims of sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond, one of the main causes of the group is the increasing representation of women in the workforce. However, Time's Up did not see any significant reflection or transparency regarding an investigation Ellison said He performed Lasseter's indictments on Disney While Skydance was actually conducting an independent investigation of Lasseter's alleged wrongdoing, a group near Time & # 039; # 39; s Up, that group was the view that the sub are not sufficiently transparent in terms of its results.
At that time, Time's Up criticized the decision and called for the decision to bring on board Lasseter, who "advocates and perpetuates a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequences. In a moment when we should raise the many talented voices that are consistently under-represented, Skydance Media offers a position of power, prominence and privilege to a man who has been repeatedly charged with sexual harassment in the workplace. "
Time's Up was founded in 2017 by several well-known Hollywood players, including Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Nicole Kidman, Constance Wu and Shonda Rhimes. The group was created after a series of sexual harassment scandals involving power brokers and celebrities such as Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, and Dustin Hoffman.
Women in Film, another industry watchdog that seeks gender parity and promotes safety In women's workplaces, skydance surveys had the same questions on allegations.
"In order for women to feel safe in this industry, we need more transparency than the above statement, and we need to know what the company intends to do to ensure that security. By saying that Skydance had carried out an independent investigation and then hired Lasseter, do they mean to stop him despite numerous reports from women and colleagues? We believe that people can learn and change, and we look forward to men who claim it, but true redemption requires transparency, "the group said.
Skydance employees also expressed frustration over Lasseter's attitude At a city hall meeting on Wednesday, employees greeted Ellison over his decision to employ Lasseter and expressed concern that high-caliber talents would be deterred from working in the studio because of his reputation at the meeting, an emotional Ellison asked the staff, Lasseter Zeit to prove that he had reformed and learned from his mistakes.
One Skydance representative had no comment on the matter, and Time's Up referred to her testimony to Lasseter's attitude.