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Emma Thompson's letter to Skydance: Why I can't work for John Lasseter

When Skydance Media Chief Executive David Ellison announced this year that he was hiring John Lasseter to head Skydance Animation, many in and outside the company were shocked and deeply unhappy. Only months earlier, Lasseter had ended his relationship with Pixar - where he had worked since the early '80s - and parent company Disney after multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior and the creation of a frat house-like work environment. Lasseter had admitted to inappropriate hugging and "other missteps."

After announcing the hire, Ellison sent a long email to staff, noting that Lasseter was contractually obligated to

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