20th Century-Fox's big-budget television bet Terra Nova rolls out next week. And it has got lots of animation:
... In visual effects for television, [viz effx supervisor Kevin) Blank says, it’s much more common for effects shots to be created by individuals referred to as “generalists,” who have skills in all of those areas. “Rather than having experts in 10 fields working on one shot over four to six months, you might have one person taking it all the way through, over a course of two to three weeks. ...
T.V. is going in various directions these days. Cheap-jack reality shows. More expensive sitcoms (live-action and animated). Cop shows. Doctor shows. Then there are the ultra expensive "event" series that sometimes work but often don't. (Time Magazine's review is titled Dino-Snore -- arrgh.)
Pixomondo is doing the animation for this new epic from Fox and Steven Spielberg (a long-time deliverer of Dinosaur epics.) They're not the low-cost provider, but they're headquartered in Burbank, California* close to the producers and Fox (the live-action gets shot in Australia.)
More animated visual effects will likely be migrating to television. Costs keep coming down and requirements for thrills and chills keep going up, and network execs decide that, despite the miserly licensing fees, the gamble is worth it.
And there you are. Explains why a lot of animators and compositors are working. Also explains why they often get chewed up by frantic schedules and unpaid overtime. Hopefully the Burbank crew has time off and a decent quality of life.
* Pixomondo has studios around the globe. You'll note that much of the c.g. work here is being done stateside.