The Mill TV Closed
The Mill announced it will be closing it’s TV VFX division. Back in 2002 The Mill announced it would exit the volatile market of VFX for films. There’s a very good interview with an exec for the Mill about their reasons for exiting VFX for film and focusing on commercials instead (paywalled unfortunately).
Imageworks LA Layoffs
Layoffs are nothing new to the industry but VFX Solidarity broke news of a number of layoffs at Sony Pictures Imageworks. What makes this round particularly notable is that this was mostly long-term supervisory and senior talent. According to VFX pro Thad Beier:
Reports of extensive layoffs at Sony Culver City today. I have heard that they have been “strongly encouraging” everybody to move to Vancouver…
First the subsidies came for the entry-level artists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t an entry-level artist.
Then the subsidies came for the mid-level pros,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a mid-level pro.
Then the subsidies came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.