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L.A. An­i­ma­tion Jobs Hit All Time High May 13: Ac­cord­ing to data col­lected by The An­i­ma­tion Guild, an­i­ma­tion work in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia hit an all-time high last year and shows no signs of slow­ing down.

IATSE Lo­cal 839’s data shows that more than 3,350 people were em­ployed in its ju­ris­dic­tion last year. Guild or­ga­nizer Steve Ka­plan pointed out to Dead­line. com that about half of this work was on an­i­mated fea­tures, which also hit all time highs in 2013 thanks to the smash­ing per­for­mance of Frozen, De­spi­ca­ble Me 2, Mon­sters Univer­sity and The Croods.

Said Lo­cal 839 rep Steve Hulett: “We’re in an up­ward jobs spi­ral. … As more an­i­ma­tion prod­uct is cre­ated that makes money and prof­its, more pro­duc­ers want to get into the act, and pro­duc­ers al­ready in are in­creas­ing the amount of work they’re do­ing, so you have more work cre­ated and more em­ploy­ment.”

Hulett pointed out that TV an­i­ma­tion jobs are also on the rise, with growth build­ing from the pre­pro­duc­tion side — gigs like sto­ry­board­ing, lay­outs, scripts, char­ac­ter and back­ground de­sign.

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