Close to 100 employees at Pixar Canada’s Gastown animation studio lost their jobs Tuesday as the company decided to pack up the three-year-old operation and concentrate its operations in Emeryville, California.
“A decision was made to refocus operations and resources under the one roof,” Barb Matheson, a spokesman for Pixar parent company Disney, said from Toronto. “Staff were just told today. Not great news, obviously. It was just a refocussing of efforts and resources to the one facility.”
The article further to explains:
“As the dynamics of the animation industry continue to change rapidly, we continue to fine-tune our studio and its production processes. We have made the determination to refocus our creative and business efforts and resources under one roof.”Much attention has been given to the market distorting effects of the entertainment subsidies offered by countries like Canada and their provinces. Could Disney be making the artistic decision to consolidate their resources in order to make a better (read: more profitable) product in a single workspace? Its a nice thought.
More likely, Disney's crack financial employees were reading the bottom line on what operating a studio in a "subsidized" space cost versus what they were getting back in return and recommended the best FINANCIAL move. Bringing operations back to Emeryville, and out of the expensive "corporate welfare" land, was the better move.
Maybe this will start a trend? It would certainly make 2014 an interesting year if it did. Our sympathies to all the artists and staff who are effected by this. We hope Disney will make your transition as smooth as possible.