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  •  The bubble certainly put the hurt to those houses (0+ / 0-)

    whose clientele were floating along solely on that very bubble - but then a lot of shops who couldn't (or wouldn't) diversify got caught by a lot of sectors retracting at the same time.  That was a couple of ugly, ugly years.

    I actually lost track of Technicolor - I seem to recall they closed their release print shop and (I think) punted poor GVG to someone else last Summer.  Laser Pacific has been through the merger ringer a few times - didn't a Florida investment group snatch them up - or was it Wexler?  

    I don't know.  I have enough troubles keeping my own sh*t together :(  But liike damn near everything else it's become a bunch of consolidation, taking things in-house (like Universal), and a lot of the grunt stuff (like roto work on the fake 3D films and reissues) going over to India.

    Oh well - time to turn on some basketball and get these harddrive clones going.  

    Fight Workplace Ignorance: Turn Off Fox.

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Apr 02, 2011 at 05:11:44 PM PDT

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    •  Can you cite some examples? I can't imagine how (0+ / 0-)

      studios/distributors were hurt by .coms failing. I'm sure parent companies and major investors were, but not the actual companies.

      Google says that LP got bought by some private equity firm last year. Funny, I used to work three blocks away from them and sometimes ate lunch next door.

      I think it'll take a while before any post or effects work gets outsourced in significant numbers. The management and control issues are a lot to overcome. If studios continue to stick to their ridiculous schedules, I think they'll prefer to pay a premium for something to be right and on time. For what's it's worth a new place that's doing mostly roto and flames just opened two blocks from my work. But they're doing mostly commercials.

      •  Not studios/distributors, traditional post houses. (0+ / 0-)

        Studios were too busy releasing DVDs of anything that moved (and I, admittedly, was buying many of them).

        No doubt they'll continue to outsource the menial, rote work - but hopefully they'll also continue to value use the highly skilled craftspeople here in the US. ("Value" isn't really the correct word -- everyone and everything is getting rate-squeezed up and down the line like there's no tomorrow.)

        Sadly, the post houses in a lot of places are getting killed both by client outsourcing (by way of runaway production) and insourcing (we'll just do our own videos and spots ourselves).

        I'm starting to think that I'll actually have to go work for somebody again before too long :)

        Fight Workplace Ignorance: Turn Off Fox.

        by here4tehbeer on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 07:12:59 AM PDT

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