Saturday, January 31, 2009

Now what?! Economy & Entertainment

Hey gang, I have been down and out for a bit and I will blog about that perhaps later, but I am still here.
Some of you who have your ear to the industry news or news in general might have noticed things have been tough on the economy.
Companies have been laying off and unemployment is at an all time high. The economic slump effects all, from bank bail outs, the car industry, you, me, and yes even the entertainment industry.

Thursday 1/29/08, ABC announced they are merging ABC and ABC Studios into ABC Entertainment Group. They have laid off 200 employees across all divisions, and an additional 200 open positions have been eliminated.

Why do we care?? well for one, anytime people are laid off or let go this is bad. Bad for our economy and it effects people. Remember anytime you see numbers people are in there! It could be you it could be me. But also in this ABC layoff, Stage 9 Digital, the company who I made "Trenches" for was also a part of this merger and the whole team was let go. Ouch!

From what I understand Stage 9 still exists and is being rolled into the ABC Entertainment Group, but Stage 9 Digital as a separate division of Disney/ABC is no more.

As for Trenches, ABC still plans to release the online series, and from last I heard was close to making a deal, but I am sure this whole company re-org might slow things down a bit.

So as things get tough out there, we all suffer, and I wanted to wish the very best to everyone struggling. Keep your chin up, help each other out, and we will see it through together. We have a good leader of our country right now and as things might get tougher, this too will also pass.


Matthew Scheuerman said...

Sorry to hear about stage9 and sorry to hear that Trenches will be even later in it's release. I hope that everything works out for the best for you. Also looking forward to seeing more of your ideas and stories being brought to film.

Phoenix said...

It will be intersting to see how they will handle all of the changes taking place. I wonder how this will be affecting their other online projects like Squeegees and Voicemail 1.
Just heard from Farpoint now that sounds cool. Sharon Carpenter -Rose, Frank & Gina, myself of course and possibly Mathew will be there. I'm looking forward to the Q&A session. I'm soo ready for this convention and now even more so.
It'll be nice to have a reunion of everyone. Do you know of any others that will be coming about the only other one that I can think of would be Spat which would be cool? Just 11 more days to go. I'll have some of my 3D art in art show.

Let the gang all know I'm hanging in there in this crazy economy. Hoping all my friends are as well.