Jennifer Lee
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United States

Walt Disney Animation Studios


Chief Creative Officer

The writer behind Disney’s chilly Oscar winner that turned legions of little ones into Elsa and Anna, Lee quickly climbed the ranks at Disney Animation, where she joined as a scribe on 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” The “Frozen” co-director — a member of Disney’s revered “story trust” and the first woman to helm a Disney animated feature — was named chief creative officer in 2018 following the tumultuous departure of legendary John Lasseter. She also served as a writer on 2016’s “Zootopia” and Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” A University of New Hampshire undergrad, she earned her masters of fine art in film from Columbia University. Lee and co-director Chris Buck have re-teamed for the “Frozen” sequel, eagerly expected November 2019.




  • University of New Hampshire (NH, USA)
  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

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  • Women's Impact
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Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to Run Disney Animation, Pixar

Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to Run Disney Animation, Pixar

Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will split John Lasseter's duties at Disney, as the studio's animation division tries to move forward after the tumultuous departure of its leading creative force.Lee, the director of "Frozen," has been named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, while Docter, the director of "Inside Out," has been tapped as chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios. Both had been rumored to be in the running to assume those roles.Despite being credited with reviving...


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