Posted by Charles on March 10, 1999 at 20:14:14:
In Reply to: dreamworks tv posted by patrick-animation student on March 10, 1999 at 16:58:09:
Thanks for your message, Patrick. The Hollywood Reporter and Animation World Network report that the direct to video aspect of what was formerly Dreamworks TV Animation will be brought under the adminstrative entity that handles Dreamworks Feature Animation. According to some very reliable sources, the ironic thing about this development is that the same person responsible for administrating Dreamworks Features was told long ago about the problems with the executives at the TV division and true to form, they failed to act. It is a needless shame for anyone to lose their employment over something like this, even the executives responsible for doing such a poor job. If they would simply listen to what artists have to say, they would have stood a better chance of competing in the television market. Having Disney buy the parent company of ABC just when Dreamworks was about to close a large scale Saturday morning production deal with the network didn't help. But they had the resources to
make a go of it. It was obvious to insiders long ago that this was the route their TV division would follow if things didn't change. Also, it's not known whether or not the executives and their staff who blew it at the TV division are going to lose their jobs. What usually happens in a situation like this is that a lateral move of somekind is made within the organization, or within the industry. A far cry from what production artists usually have to face in similar situations. As a student, the tragedy of the closing of Dreamworks TV means that opportunities for talented individuals looking to break into animation will be harder to come by, but don't be discouraged. It looks as if there will be a strong turn out on April 1. We'll be bringing this issue to the forefront of the entertainment industry. Animation artists are becoming more and more outspoken. If we make enough of a rumble, things will change. Especially if we keep the pressure up.
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