Banter update: John Lasseter to leave Disney following 'missteps'

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  • After a Hollywood Reporter investigation by Kim Masters last year, Disney put animation titan John Lasseter on a 6-month sabbatical. Now that sabbatical is over, and the company has announced he will have a "consulting" role, before ultimately departing Disney at the end of the year. 
  • We're expecting a decision tomorrow regarding AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner. If the judge rules in favor of AT&T, expect yet another, bigger wave of consolidation from media companies as everyone attempts to gain scale.




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Image of John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, speaks during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid