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Animation Magazine - - Front Page - Tom McLean Ed­i­tor tom@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

NBCUniver­sal an­nounced lay­offs at newly ac­quired DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion, re­sult­ing in roughly 200 jobs cut across cor­po­rate, dis­tri­bu­tion and con­sumer prod­ucts di­vi­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to a com­pany-wide state­ment is­sued by Univer­sal Filmed En­ter­tain­ment Group chair­man Jeff Shell, these are “ar­eas where we can fully in­te­grate op­er­a­tions with NBCUniver­sal.” The $3.8-bil­lion ac­qui­si­tion was fi­nal­ized in Au­gust.

DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion has about 2,000 em­ploy­ees — fol­low­ing 2015 lay­offs that elim­i­nated 500 jobs in an ef­fort to staunch a ma­jor money bleed fol­low­ing a few less-than-stel­lar box of­fice per­for­mances.

plat­forms and in pack­aged me­dia in 2017 through its Shout! Fac­tory Kids im­print.

8To­day’s re­leases: Phan­tom Boy, Over­lord: The Com­plete Se­ries, Sky Wiz­ards Acad­emy: The Com­plete Se­ries and One Piece: Sea­son 8, Voy­age 4. Happy Thanks­giv­ing to our U.S. read­ers, and a happy GIRAF indie an­i­ma­tion fest to our friends in Cal­gary! [gi­raffest.ca]

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