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  03 March 2013
Tippett Studios Lays off 40% of Workforce

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  03 March 2013
Very sad. Hope everyone lands on their feet.

  03 March 2013
Some clarification from Phil Tippett himself:

Quote: Tippett Studio would like to clarify what we feel was a misleading headline and article in HollywoodReporter.com today.

Given the current climate and environment affecting movies and visual effects production today, Tippett Studio has made a business decision, as we routinely do, to reduce our contract-based work force as the projects ebb and flow through our doors.

Staffing up is easy. Scaling down is not. It's always an emotionally challenging thing, because we are a company of artists, run by artists. By doing a slow scale-down as tasks and projects complete, we aim to keep our employees on as long as we can, and to bring them back as soon as possible.

We are not immune to the problems our colleagues are experiencing, but we are not in a period of crisis as a company with massive layoffs and bankruptcy. As a small, independent company, we are delighted when we have a series, such as the Twilight Saga,and then Ted that allowed us to maintain a sizable workforce year after year.

As we wrap our current work on After Earth, we have been slowly scaling down the work force and reducing our overhead, until we have something large enough to justify carrying a large staff, so that we can be here when our clients call. We are retaining our core talent, and will use that talent to re-staff the studio when larger projects, that need more artists, are in production.

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  03 March 2013
Tippett Studio Chief on Layoffs: 'Why the Hell Doesn't California Do Something?'
Award-winning visual effects company Tippett Studio has laid off 50 employees in the latest blow to the embattled industry, and its chief Jules Roman wants California to step in and stop the bleeding.

Layoffs are not new at the company, which has been around for 30 years and contributed to blockbuster films like "RoboCop," "Jurassic Park" and "Ted." Many visual effects houses cut staff between big jobs.

Yet Roman says the financial problems afflicting her industry are "particularly bad now," and argued it's time for some outside assistance to keep jobs in the state.

"The bigger question is why the hell doesn't California do something instead of letting it all go away?," Roman told TheWrap. "There so many territories with interventionist economic policies that it makes us feel we are really being preyed upon."

Roman said that the average person's kneejerk reaction would be to oppose helping Hollywood financially given that executives, agents and actors are earnings millions. However, those people are "above the line" and visual effects workers "are people way way below the line."

"We haven't made that point very well," she acknowledged."

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