Saturday, September 19, 2015

How Others View the L.A. Animation Industry

A New Zealander looks at Cartoon Network:

Taking a trip into toon town central

Forget Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth is Cartoon Network studios in Burbank, California.

From the moment the Herald on Sunday enters the front doors for a day-long visit, it's clear that every corner of the multi-building complex is specifically geared towards promoting a serenely idyllic work environment where creativity can flourish.

This isn't your ordinary office.

Just beyond the foyer adorned with painted renderings of Cartoon Network's most iconic characters lies an art gallery that hosts a new show every month. Next to that is a wall covered in Etch a Sketches. Etching a sketch is encouraged. ...

Cartoon Network has one of the coolest environments in Cartoon Studio Land. Nick used to be up at the top with its outdoor miniature glof course and whimsical shrubbery, but Cartoon Network has outdone itself.

They've been in the converted phone company building forever, but they refreshed the outside of the building (a Frisbee throw from the Burbank Police Department) and tricked up the interior so that the first floor looks like Brady Bunch's living room ... and the other floors resemble the photographs featured in the link above.)

CN also occupies a number of floors of the skyscraper next door. And those spaces are even more employee-friendly, spacious and welcoming than the original building's. But the Time-Warner division, for which the headquarters is Atlanta, has been on a roll for a number of years. So why NOT have an alluring workplace?


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