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Co-Founder & President

San Francisco




Ed Catmull, Co-Founder & President of Pixar Animation Studios, President at Disney Animation Studios, & speaker at the WORLDWEBFORUM 2017







"I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios with the audience at the WORLDWEBFORUM. Switzerland is a great place for innovation and I hope to be able to get to know many exciting new people during my stay in January 2017."

- Ed Catmull

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Technical Innovation


Founding Pixar Animation Studios



Ed Catmull is a Computer Scientist who designed new technology in order to create animations

He developed fundamental computer graphics advancements such as texture mapping, and biocubic patches that revolutionized computer animation

His project "Computer Animated Hand" (1972) was the first computer animated film



Catmull was hired by Lucas Film (George Lucas) to create a digital model of an X-Wing fighter for the Star Wars film

Later on, Steve Jobs, John Lasseter, & Ed Catmull went on to found PIxar Animation Studios

At the start of Pixar, Catmull was the CTO

He is now the President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios






The Pixar World


Best Selling Author


In 1995, Pixar introduced the world to "Toy Story"

Since then, they have created 16 animation films that have won 8 Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, 1 for Original Score, 2 for Original Song, 1 for Sound Editing, and 1 for a Special Achievement

The movies grossed over $4B at theatres in the United States



Incisive book about creativity in business & leadership

For managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, and who strive for originality

Fast Company states that Creativity, Inc. "just might be the most thoughtful management book ever."



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Ed Catmull | Creativity Inc. - Produced by Caravan


Ed Catmull: Creativity, Inc. - Interview at Stanford University


"A Computer Animated Hand" (1972) by Ed Catmull - the world's first computer-generated 3D animation


Toy Story (1995) Trailer





Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, & John Lasseter, the founders of Pixar Animation Studios

Ed Catmull with his Oscar for "significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar's RenderMan" in 2001

Pixar Animation studios' famous San Francisco headquarter

Pixar's most iconic characters




Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Previously, Dr. Catmull was vice President of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he managed development in the areas of computer graphics, video editing, video games and digital audio. 

Dr. Catmull has been honored with five Academy Awards, including two Oscars for his work. Dr. Catmull also received the ACM SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award for his lifetime contributions in the computer graphics field, the Progress Medal and the Fuji Gold Medal awards from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and the animation industry's Ub Iwerks Award for technical advancements in the art or industry of animation. Additionally, he was the recipient of the IEEE's John von Neumann Medal for fundamental contributions to computer graphics and a pioneering use of computer animation in motion pictures. 

Dr. Catmull founded three of the leading centers of computer graphics research – including the computer division of Lucasfilm Ltd. and Pixar Animation Studios. These organizations have been home to many of the most academically respected researchers in the field and have produced some of the most fundamental advances in computer graphics, including image compositing, motion blur, subdivision surfaces, cloth simulation and rendering techniques, texture mapping and the z-buffer. Dr. Catmull is one of the architects of the RenderMan rendering software, which has been used in 44 of the last 47 films nominated for an Academy Award® in the Visual Effects category.

In addition to being a member of IEEE's Computer Society since 1978, Dr. Catmull is active in several professional organizations. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), the Computer History Museum, and a dedicated participant in the ACM SIGGRAPH conference for nearly 30 years. Dr. Catmull also is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Visual Effects Society. In 2012, Dr. Catmull was inducted as a Visual Effects Society Fellow, in recognition of his pivotal leadership in the art and science of computer graphics and visual effects. 

Catmull's book, the New York Times bestseller, "CREATIVITY, INC.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration," and which Fast Company described as "what just might be the most thoughtful management book ever," was published by Random House in 2014.

Dr. Catmull earned B.S. degrees in computer science and physics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah. In 2005, the University of Utah presented him with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Engineering, and in 2015 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University.