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Pixar names main building after Steve Jobs

The facility is now called "The Steve Jobs Building," commemorating the company's former chief executive and arguably one of the most important figures in its history.

In this archival photograph, Steve Jobs is seen with the studio's other major players, Ed Catmull (left) and John Lasseter (right).

Steve Jobs has been memorialized on film studio Pixar's campus.

The Pixar Times, a site dedicated to the film studio, reported yesterday that the Pixar main building is now known as "The Steve Jobs Building." Junn Lee, a Pixar employee, yesterday tweeted a picture of the building with its new name atop the entranceway.

Pixar likely wouldn't be the company it is today without Steve Jobs. In the mid-1980s, the company was having trouble staying afloat under the leadership of famed director George Lucas. After his ouster from Apple, Steve Jobs paid Lucas $5 million for Pixar's technology rights. He then invested more and more cash to finally buy out the entire company.

That cash infusion led Jobs to take on the role of Pixar's chairman. He also eventually became the company's CEO. After "Toy Story" became Pixar's first mega-hit, the company took off, leading some to believe that if not for Jobs, the studio would have folded. After several subsequent film successes, Jobs sold off Pixar to Disney for $7.4 billion in 2006.

Steve Jobs died last year at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. In addition to receiving honors at Pixar, Jobs, who is best known for co-founding Apple, has been continually memorialized at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

(Via The Verge)