FOX almost dead

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Posted by adrian on February 13, 2000 at 06:49:33:

Well, I havent seen it posted, thought some people might be curious (and want to actually talk about animation)
From rec.arts.animation:

Fox Animation Studios is laying off most of its 320 workers in Phoenix
and will contract out much of its production work in the future. But
it's not shutting down.

Florence Grace, a spokeswoman for Fox Animation parent 20th Century Fox,
said Thursday she couldn't supply an exact number. It was "a substantial
reduction in staff," she said.

Some will remain on the job pending completion of a film in progress but
have been told they'll be gone then.
"We've kept the core creative team and we plan to continue to produce
animated films," she said. "We are not closing the studio. We are
restructuring our Phoenix production unit to be more streamlined,
flexible and efficient."

Grace said there was no problem with the company's major project in
progress, Titan A.E., expected to be released this summer. The cutbacks
are a result of competitive pressures, and much of the production work
will be contracted out to studios throughout the world, she said.

She said the Fox staff will continue to design and storyboard ideas for
films from Phoenix, thus keeping creative control but enabling the
operation to work on more films at one time.

John McKenna, Phoenix general manager, said Fox is trying to find
displaced workers jobs in other company operations or other animation
studios. He noted some from other nations have work visas tied to the
Fox jobs and said Fox will sponsor any who want to stay in the United
States while they look for other work.
However, McKenna added, most probably will find jobs on their own since
"people in animation are used to the cyclical way of working." On the
other hand, he added, since Fox is the only such studio in Phoenix, they
can't just hop across town.

Anastasia has been the operation's major production. That was about two
years ago. Fox Animation studio heads Don Bluth and Gary Goldman brought
40 animators from the studio they previously founded in Ireland to form
the core staff for the Phoenix operation in 1994.

Actually I guess you can't believe what you read in the news. I have just
found out the following breakdown of the layoffs from reliable sources at
the scene of the disaster.

Fox laid off 320 out of 386 employees not 100 as the PR department says.

There are only 66 people left. Character 9 (6 Animators, 3 Assistants),
Clean Up 3 Keys, Effects 2(1 Supervisor, 1 directing animator), 3D 1,
Scanning 1, Colour Model 2 maybe 3, All Don`s cronies in Pre-production, 2
Layout, 1 Background and the rest personnel.


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