Now that the rains have temporarily tailed off, I'm out in the studios again.
DreamWorks Animation has finished the refurbishing of the first two floors of the Lakeside Building. Now, instead of plaster dust and the sounds of power tools, there's a new-paint smell, nifty cubicles and dark wood floors, plus story artists and modelers. One of the story artists said to me:
We're working on a new feature with a small crew. Management wants to keep it streamlined, see if having a smaller group works for the picture. So far, we like the way it's going ...
Since the opus I'm talking about hasn't been announced, I give no details about it. (Easy to do, since I don't know anything about the feature. Except the title. And all I'm going to say regarding that is it isn't Willy the Wacky Wombat. I believe John Musker is still developing that one, over at Disney.)
At Cartoon Network in Burbank, most of the execs have departed the original CN building and moved into refurbished offices in the skyscraper on Glenoaks Boulevard.
CN execs don't live here no more. They've moved next door.
Also up in the 'scraper, early development occurs on a new adventure show that will (I'm told) start staffing in the next month or two. And flash animators have moved from the CN building, where they've spent years working on Foster's, to an upper floor of the high rise to work on shorts.