Bob Lambert, Disney Exec and Digital Media Trailblazer, R.I.P.
Former Walt Disney executive Bob Lambert passed away at his home in Glendale, CA, on Friday, September 7, 2012, at the age of 55 of undisclosed causes. Lambert was a senior executive at the Walt Disney Company for 25 years, starting with the company in 1985, and was instrumental in the development of CAPS (Computer Animation Production System), jointly developed by Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation Studios in the late 1980’s, which replaced cel-based production with computer-based systems. The system won Disney an Academy Award for Scientific & Technical Achievement in 1992. Lambert left Disney in 2010.
In addition to his work with Disney, Lambert was a founder and term chairman of Digital Cinema Initiatives, which was a seven-studio consortium launched in March 2002 to ensure consistent quality standards in the new and growing field of digital projection systems. He was most recently the CEO of The Digital Firm, a Los Angeles-based technology investment firm; and executive vp strategy and innovation for The World Technology Network.