Animation aces get promotions at Pixar, Disney


"WALL-E" producer and industry effects production veteran Jim Morris has been named GM of Pixar Animation Studios, and Disney animation exec Andrew Millstein will take on a parallel role at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

In the newly created positions, both will be responsible for overall operations of their studios and continue to oversee production related to animated features, short films and special animated projects. They report to Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Millstein also will assume oversight of DisneyToon Studios.

Morris, who joined Pixar in 2005 after stints at Lucasfilm and its Industrial Light + Magic and Skywalker Sound divisions, has been responsible for managing the production of the studio's features, shorts, DVD content and theme park activities.

Millstein began his association with Disney in 1997 as a production executive in the studio's Motion Pictures Group. (partialdiff)