Former Disney executive to lead VFX company’s further global expansion into original content and animation.
Weta has announced the hire of Ann Le Cam as the company’s SVP, Global Talent and Animation Production. She brings three decades of senior leadership experience at the Walt Disney Company, where she last served as the senior vice president for Studio Planning and Talent at Walt Disney Animation Studios. While at Disney, she held executive positions heading up production, studio planning, data analytics, and human resources. Le Cam will be based in Weta Digital’s Los Angeles offices and report to CEO Prem Akkaraju.
At Disney Animation, Le Cam led the production resource structure for all projects, developed integrated partnerships within production and technology, redesigned the studio’s people and talent structures, strategies, and organization, and created an engaged inclusive community in support of all films, shorts, and special projects. During her tenure, the studio released a string of critically and financially acclaimed successes, including Tangled, Wreck-it-Ralph 1 & 2, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana and Frozen 1 & 2.
Le Cam joined the Harvard Business School as an executive fellow doing research, under the guidance of Professor Linda A. Hill, on leadership in the digital era, and recently co-facilitated a course on ‘Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation’ for the executive education program at HBS.
“Throughout her career, Ann has built a reputation for innovative thinking, transformational leadership and production excellence,” commented Akkaraju. “As we expand Weta globally and into original content and animation, it was important to bring in someone of Ann’s caliber in this leadership role.”
“Weta is a company where quality, risk-taking and innovation are key and it is such an exciting time in its evolution,” shared Le Cam. “The growth plan is ambitious and remains true to the investment in top talent that has been the bedrock of Weta’s success so far. The challenges ahead will bring new opportunities for talent around the globe to continue the good work in new ways. I look forward to working with Prem and the team at Weta in the exciting chapter ahead.”
Source: Weta Digital