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We're not talking about building the controls on c.g. characters, but something else.
Justice Department Reaches Settlement With Lucasfilm In Hiring Probe
Lucasfilm Ltd. agreed Tuesday to settle civil charges that it and Pixar Animation agreed to limit competition for each other's digital-animation workers, the U.S. Justice Department announced.
The settlement is the latest development in the department's ongoing probe of hiring practices in the technology sector. Pixar, a unit of Walt Disney Co. (DIS), was not named in Tuesday's legal complaint because it was one of six companies that settled similar charges in September, the department said.
The department's antitrust regulators alleged that Lucasfilm and Pixar, rival animation studios, had agreed not to cold-call each other's employees, and further agreed to notify each other when making an offer to an employee of the other company. The department also said the companies had agreed, when offering a job to a rival's employee, not to counteroffer with compensation above the initial offer ...
Hard to fathom, isn't it? Entertainment companies trying to keep wages down by gaming the system. Almost makes you suspect that our benevolent corporate masters might not be looking out for employees' best interests after all.
But I won't focus on these things now. I'll think about this sad turn of events tomorrow, after I've cried myself to sleep.
Add On: VFX Soldier has his own take on the collusion deal.
The settlement was laughable as the punishment for the crime wasn’t even a slap on the wrist. The companies basically had to agree not to break the law for the next 5 years!
For VFX artists the settlement provides more questions than answers.
What happens after 5 years?
Can they just go back to colluding again?
What about those up north that have been screwed out of opportunity costs for better wages?
What about other companies like Sony, Digital Domain, R+H, DreamWorks, Disney etc?
How do we find out if they have secret agreements like ILM and Pixar? ...