John Lasseter Hire Prompts Tough Questions At Skydance Town Hall; David Ellison Asks Staff For Time & Patience

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Exclusive: Three town halls were held yesterday at Skydance Media regarding the studio’s hiring of former Walt Disney Animation/Pixar boss John Lasseter, and we understand from sources that CEO David Ellison made it clear to staff that if there’s any missteps with the former executive, who was accused of sexual harassment, he’s out.

We hear that Ellison spoke candidly and emotionally about his deep concern for the employees and the future of the company, and underscored Skydance’s zero tolerance policy for harassment.

Out of the three town halls – Skydance Interactive in Marina del Rey, the corporate film/TV offices in Santa Monica and the Skydance Animation suites at Mid-Wilshire – the latter division was the toughest with its questions. No word about anyone specifically up and leaving the company, but Ellison, we hear, asked employees for their time and patience and the chance for Lasseter to
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