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Go to thread Anonymous60633, Monday 01/26/15 14:53:03 UTC

What is happening with the DWA Indian studio?

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Go to thread Anonymous60606, Monday 01/26/15 06:56:54 UTC

आप जम्मू कश्मीर का शुक्र है!

भारत सबसे अच्छा है!
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Go to thread CGSoup (Lighting), Saturday 01/24/15 19:00:34 UTC

Bloated middle management, refusal to streamline (department heads)...

I was at DreamWorks for 4 years. I started as Dragons was released and left when Me and My Shadow was cancelled. It was painfully obvious to most employees that DreamWorks had been carrying a lot of long time department heads for no obvious reason. A lot of the streamlining that had taken place at other struggling facilities, combining departments with common interests, reducing department heads to the absolute bare minimum regardless of tenure, were never even discussed amongst the complicit. Departments that would see major gains in efficiency by common supervisors never materialized because everyone was protecting their owen personal best interests. I don't blame individual managers for failing to throw themselves on the funeral pyre but it was clear the mangers manager had know clue as to the real problems with the structure. No one had the courage to admit the obvious, that major change (and the inevitable reduction of senior long time staff) was either going to happen willfully, or by mandate (what we are seeing now). I was a middle manager at a major VFX facility and fell victim to this around 2009. It sucked but the company is still around, albeit in Vancouver now. I was very bitter but I understood it was a business decision. DreamWorks is not doomed but they are on the path to extinction if they do not massively reorganize ALL management. The rank and file artists at DreamWorks are world class and the story department is actually really brilliant, they all just have tragically flawed people making the top-level executive decisions. First drafts are usually really excellent, then the creative heads mangle the story with their misguided attempts to appease JK, destroying any character arcs as well as the entire third act. Then the story team has to create an entirely new ending to fit the new found vision of the execs. Sometime it works (Madagascar 3), sometime it don't (Guardians). I am glad I had the opportunity to work at DreamWorks, lots of really excellent folks. Just wish the senior management was more focused on making great films rather that expanding the brand at ANY cost. (greed)
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Go to thread Anonymous60329, Saturday 01/24/15 10:36:27 UTC

Open letter from the Republican partyw

Dear Mr. Katzenberg, We would like to thank you for your continued support in workforce globalization. Clearly you understand the value of eliminating jobs in the U.S. where unions have capitalized on over paid employees. You are a beacon of greatness in the face of a Democratic party spouting unrealistic ways of doing business. Clearly you understand the importance of a global market and the need to move away from having U.S. workers creating your films. The greater good is in the bottom line and we are so proud you are finally seeing the way. Great work Jeff! Please consider Mitt (or our next considered representative) an ally in the coming years as he/she is sure to connect with you in very clear ways. Your core values are very much in-line and they would love nothing more that to stay at your gorgeous home while raising campaign funds. Again, great job Jeff on conceiving a new PDI/DreamWorks. We welcome you to the Republican party. To a great 2015! You F***ing idiot. (only until now of course) Sincerely, The Republican Party
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Go to thread PDI DreamWorks RIP (RIP), Saturday 01/24/15 08:16:26 UTC

PDI DreamWorks RIP

PDI DreamWorks RIP
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Go to thread Gozer the Gozerian (Lord of the Sebouillia), Friday 01/23/15 20:17:28 UTC

An Illuminating LinkedIn Experiment

How many employees at DreamWorks Animation have president, officer, vp, staff, director, manager or executive in their title? Who does the actual work? I can guarantee it isn't these overpaid nine-to-fivers.
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Go to thread The Elephant, Friday 01/23/15 19:43:57 UTC

Tusker

Time to bring it back!
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Go to thread Anonymous59996, Friday 01/23/15 08:25:06 UTC

Math

Lose the free food = over $3M a year (used as a write-off for the company) Lose the 10 Executives and Managers who only shuffle artists from show to show = $1.8M a year Lose the 2 Producers per show (min of 2) x 4 shows = $1.4M a year Lose Production not assigned to actual shows = $1.4M a year Stop ridiculous technology initiatives = $20M a year Add health benefits and bonuses. I just saved PDI. JK is surrounded with idiots and it's his fault. p.s - Surrounding Idiots (not incl AD, the idiot) = $6M a year
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Go to thread Anonymous59994, Friday 01/23/15 08:02:53 UTC

From The VFX Soldier re: our fearless leader

Jeffrey Katzenberg was probably the biggest financial supporter of President Obama who campaigned against Mitt Romney for allegedly supporting “tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas”. Now Katzenberg will be receiving massive tax subsidies for shedding jobs in the US and sending work to Canada a year after the President visited his company to tout the growth of US jobs.
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Go to thread Anonymous59951, Friday 01/23/15 03:26:12 UTC

Kind of a bad day...

Today is awful for us at PDI. Guaranteed ratio of production to artists will still be on-to-one after the cuts. So good luck actually making your movies after you've cut all of us artists out. Fix it team Glendale, coming to a theatre near you.
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Go to thread Anonymous59629, Thursday 01/22/15 07:10:42 UTC

Mandarin lessons

Anyone know when the union is starting those Mandarin lessons? I'm looking to Mandrimate in the next month or so.
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Go to thread Fact Checker (Disabled Bathroom Stall), Wednesday 01/21/15 17:43:47 UTC

Mellody Hobson, Chairman of the Board

Total Compensation: $399,999 Nice work if you can get it. Beats lighting sequences that will get cut in the next script change.
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Go to thread Anonymous59371, Wednesday 01/21/15 09:38:54 UTC

Lawyer up

Anyone know the legalities of laying off American workers before those on Visas? Have a feeling this could get ugly.
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Go to thread 3X Loser (LEG dropout), Wednesday 01/21/15 03:06:57 UTC

How many creative staff salaries...

can be paid with the money spent on one LAX-SJC round trip on a private Global Express jet? Go ahead and add the cost of the catering, Lincoln Town and Escalade caravan up and down 101.
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Go to thread ex-dreamworker, Tuesday 01/20/15 23:09:03 UTC

production

Its interesting to see, how leads and supervisors that threw others under the bus to save their necks, will likely be fired soon. Those people that said "I just need to hold on 5 more years for my kid to get out of school". Or those who said "All companies have dead-weight (its ok to have some here)". In other occasions I would hear "It has always been like this, Its better to look the other way". Guess what, you are next. Soon there will not be any more left to supervise, and your job will be cut. It is your time to get transitioned. Those tears, are crocodile tears. Suffer what others have suffered. Feel what it is to be unemployed. You sir, you the supervisor, that was never brave enough to raise the hand for your artists. You, you are next.
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Go to thread Sad Banana (Video Wall Snack Basket), Tuesday 01/20/15 22:32:00 UTC

How did this happen?

It's simple really; greed, incompetence and apathy. The DWA Board of Directors is the entity that rubber stamps JK's terrible business decisions. Who are these brilliant business minds? Mellody Hobson, Lew Coleman, Mike Montgomery, Tom Freston, Harry Brittenham, Lucien Grange and Jason Kilar. This rogues gallery shows up every quarter to blindly approve whatever is put in front of them and spends the rest of the time discussing political contributions, mutual log rolling, the size of their options, payout and per diem for the meeting and custom jet and yacht interiors. None of them know the first thing about how to run an actual business, produce quality products, hire and develop resources and balance a budget. What sort of board would let DWA perform so poorly year after year? They should be the first ones laid off. Each one is paid 3x what a lighter, animator, layout artist or TD makes. How do they earn this? By grinning ear to ear and approving all of the money wasting ideas presented to them.
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Go to thread Sidelined, Tuesday 01/20/15 01:22:06 UTC

Watch it crash and boyn!

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-dreamworks-layoffs-20150116-story.html Get rid of all the CLOWNS (including, and ESPECIALLY, "up noyth"), they F***ED the company over, and kept on ass-f***ing it, and CONTINUE to do so to this day. Bonnie + Mireille = RESPECT. Too bad they are EAGLES flying among gob-gob-gobbledy-gob TURKEYS. Too little (as brilliant as those two are), TOO LATE. Death is so close you can SMELL it. Golden Boobs and Oscar Meyers do not Box Office and Franchise DOLLARS bring :)
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Go to thread Anonymous57706, Thursday 01/15/15 00:10:48 UTC

WHO'S NEXT? LET'S KEEP THIS BALL ROLLING!!

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Go to thread boy-george (gld), Tuesday 01/06/15 08:22:36 UTC

Bill D. didn't step down!

...he's simply transitioning to opportunities outside the studio. :)
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Go to thread Anonymous55772, Monday 01/05/15 00:15:19 UTC

A good move.

As the studio braces for yet another round of layoffs there is finally some good news: Bill D will step down. This seemed obvious and necessary a few years ago. Hundreds of people have had their lives uprooted due to Bill's mediocre and outdated ideas. A wise person once said to JK "Different isn't necessarily better". That wise person was Bill and too bad he didn't take his own advice. He was content hacking and slashing away at scripts so what was left was a first-pass on a fifth-draft. His Directors want to commit suicide over the "process". Since JK finally got this right, here's a little friendly advice: 1. Trust your Director's vision; if you don't - then find new directors. 2. Fox marketing is somehow even worse than Paramount marketing; fix that and stop talking down to your audience. 3. Eradicating "dreamworks-brow" was a good first step, but the snotty attitude of your characters is still there; they need to be honest and appealing (see B.H.6) 4. Your company has BIG money problems... why are there so many Teslas in the parking lot? Way too much executive overhead; way too little actual Production; 5. Your stories should be 99% complete in animatic form BEFORE you spend one dime on Production; you have an army of Directors... where are the stories? Stop being so cocky about your skills at polishing turds at the last minute. Your films are taking 3x the labor they should because of all the changes and half-baked ideas. This should really be friendly-advice #1 - DON'T START PRODUCTION UNTIL THE SCRIPT IS 99% DONE. Good luck.
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Go to thread Anonymous55472, Wednesday 12/31/14 22:25:57 UTC

So EVERYONE knows DW is on death's door except for the 3 Stooges on top?

http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/dreamworks-studio-terrible-2014/?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_facebook
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Go to thread Skipper, Friday 12/26/14 08:16:03 UTC

"Penguins of Madagascar" failed to meet box office expectations

"Penguins of Madagascar" failed to meet box office expectations
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Go to thread Anonymous54416, Sunday 12/21/14 06:48:08 UTC

Guys - I love your penguins

Guys - I love your penguins - just saying, I am with Corinthian Colleges and we have an active board on this site as well. I randomly landed here as I saw that messages are being posted. Good luck...
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Go to thread Anonymous51025, Tuesday 12/02/14 05:11:35 UTC

Strike four or strike five now for the creative leadership? Who gets laid off in the artistic ranks to keep the same ol layers of leadership?

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Go to thread Anonymous49294, Wednesday 11/19/14 06:49:21 UTC

2015 Layoffs at Dreamworks

What do you ladies and gents think - are we going to be cutting in 2015 again? If yes, who'll be affected. Good luck to all...
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Go to thread Anonymous48707, Saturday 11/15/14 19:55:02 UTC

Check this out. Anyone have any layoff suggestions given JK wants to sell the company at a premium?

Richard Greenfield and Brandon Ross, analysts at BTIG Research, on Friday, following news that the talks were under way on Thursday. "Unfortunately for DWA, the company's inconsistent creative output, and thus financial performance, makes it hard to understand why anyone would want to acquire the company at its current market valuation, let alone the $3 billion plus that management supposedly covets."
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Go to thread Anonymous48301, Thursday 11/13/14 11:39:55 UTC

Hasbro in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/13/us-dreamworks-anim-m-a-hasbro-idUSKCN0IX05Z20141113

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/13/us-dreamworks-anim-m-a-hasbro-idUSKCN0IX05Z20141113
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Go to thread Anonymous43561, Monday 10/13/14 21:09:27 UTC

DWA doesn't counter offer. Wonder why?

http://deadline.com/2014/10/animation-studios-anti-poaching-lawsuit-linked-judge-848752/
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Go to thread Ahab, Friday 10/03/14 22:01:48 UTC

DreamWhat? WhatDream?? http://www.wkrb13.com/markets/386428/dreamworks-animation-skg-ceo-unloads-11871153-in-stock-dwa/

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Go to thread Outsourced (Outsourced), Thursday 10/02/14 12:50:25 UTC

What happens now????

What happens to the outsourced entity DDU and its cronies. Will it still exist or be gone with the wind.
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Go to thread Anonymous41168, Monday 09/29/14 07:19:36 UTC

Will we get a free cell phone now when they walk us out?

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Go to thread Bail-er (Jappon), Sunday 09/28/14 03:50:10 UTC

The END is near: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/source-dreamworks-animation-sale-talks-736164

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Go to thread Anonymous35206, Thursday 09/11/14 03:45:53 UTC

The Antitrust lawsuit is valid.

We were always told it was a "gentleman's agreement" to not hire anyone unless they were done on a show at Disney, Pixar, etc. An artist, technicians, or production candidate had to reach out to us to even be considered. Never realized how illegal this practice was. No wonder Sony was paying more back then.
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Go to thread Anonymous34840, Wednesday 09/10/14 01:00:40 UTC

Katzenberg PhD in Outsourcing

Good work, deserves a degree. Professor Doctor of Job Exports.
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Go to thread Anonymous34839, Wednesday 09/10/14 01:00:34 UTC

Katzenberg PhD in Outsourcing

Good work, deserves a degree. Professor Doctor of Job Exports.
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Go to thread Anonymous34838, Wednesday 09/10/14 00:59:37 UTC

Dreamworks Disgruntled

Nothing more to add here, I am extremely disgruntled. I've been with DW for about 9 months right now and this culture is not good for anyone.
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Go to thread Anonymous24038, Thursday 07/31/14 07:15:41 UTC

When do we get rid of this dinosaur over thinking and get down to some real streamline and smart approaches?

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Go to thread Anonymous22757, Friday 07/25/14 06:07:43 UTC

Katzenberg to receive National medal of arts(outsourcing)

Awarded by the President, the National Medal of Arts(outsourcing) is presented to “individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the outsourcing to CHINA And INDIA(DDU).
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Go to thread Anonymous22654, Thursday 07/24/14 16:33:25 UTC

I hate you...

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Go to thread Anonymous21527, Saturday 07/19/14 04:08:17 UTC

Leadership is tired...

What Hollywood studio crashes so many times and doesn't make a change at the top? We're running out of artists to layoff.
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