Friday, February 24, 2006
Several months back, "King of the Hill" wrapped its 100th episode and retired its crown. With no more episodes to create, a lot of the crew was laid off, but WHAT a difference a few months (and DVD sales) make! Word's out that an additional 20 episodes are in the works.
Trouble is, "KOTH's" producer Film Roman is crammed to overflowing in its new building on Hollywood Way. Rumor has it that FR is searching for other space. Rumor also has it they might rent digs from Warner Bros. in Sherman Oaks, but this might be a few board artists (who told it to me) embroidering on known facts.
One way or the other, there are a lot of people working in animation right now. The Guild's active membership has grown steadily since the employment recession of 2001 and 2002, plus I've seen of board artists, animators and tech directors toiling away, so I know that SOMEBODY is earning a paycheck. And one side benefit of full employment was related to me yesterday by a grizzled animation vet: "When most of the good talent's working, the studio's abuse you a little less."
Posted by Steve Hulett at 7:31 PM