Variety’s David S. Cohen has confirmed Pixomondo will be closing it’s London and Detroit office. He’ll have more tomorrow.
Sad news for those affected.
In the last few weeks there was a bit of chatter going on about Pixomondo. A number of professionals in London notified me that they were not being paid on time or not being paid at all. What has made this news troubling is that there were job openings at other facilities like Baton Rouge.
Artists in London also claim that there were times when there was no water or toilet paper at the facility. It’s a bit ironic given that just last week Fast Company did an article complimenting Pixomondo how it manages it’s many facilities:
Most of the movie work is managed out of its office in Santa Monica, California, now its headquarters, where 190 employees toil in a kind of high-tech sweatshop. The lights are dim and high-powered fans blow in a nearly futile effort to counter the heat generated by the massive computers in the next room.
Last year Pixomondo won the Oscar for Hugo and this Sunday night the odds are very good that Rhythm & Hues may take home the Oscar. Both facilities have now left VFX professionals unpaid.