Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trouble in Mumbai

It appears an animation studio of some renown will be closing its doors.

MUMBAI: A pall of gloom has been cast over the Indian animation industry. Late last evening, an announcement was made in the Technicolor facilities in Whitefiled, Bengaluru which house the DreamWorks Dedicated Unit (DDU) by general manager Damien de Froberville. Sources say that de Frobeville addressed the 300-odd assembled artists and animators and regretfully announced that the DDU would be ceasing operations come early -2017. At least that’s what he had been informed by the company’s headquarters in the US. ...

Folks have been expecting change to happen at the studio ever since Jeffrey Katzenberg exited DreamWorks Animation with the acquisition. But no one expected it to happen so suddenly. It was not too long ago that DreamWorks Animation had announced that it would be lopping off 200 jobs from its Glendale unit. And now the news has emerged that the Indian dedicated DreamWorks Animation unit would get the axe. ...

Source indicated that the Indian Technicolor management was awaiting official word from Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Dreamworks’ headquarters before deciding on the way forward. ...

The Brew has posted about this, as has VFX Soldier.

Today there was a townhall for staff at DreamWorks Animation's Glendale campus. Managers outlined upcoming changes in productions and production schedules. They also talked about other restructuring DWA will be undergoing.


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