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Comics A.M. | Disney layoffs expected as part of restructuring

Disney

Disney

Business | Marvel parent Disney is expected to begin layoffs in the coming weeks as part of a planned reorganization that follows a company-wide review of operations. The film studio is believed to undergo the deepest cuts, specifically in marketing, home entertainment and production.

The news arrives a little more than five months after Disney announced its $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm; earlier this week, word spread the media giant has closed LucasArts, the video-game subsidiary of Lucasfilm, and axed 150 employees. According to Variety, Disney executives told each division to ensure “that staff levels are in line with the company’s needs in a changing marketplace, particularly in divisions affected by shifts in new media and technologies.” The film division will bear the brunt of the layoffs in large part because of Disney’s increasing reliance on Pixar (purchased in 2006 for $7.4 billion), Marvel (purchased in 2009 for $4 billion) and, soon, Lucasfilm. [Variety]

Comic Con South Africa

Comic Con South Africa

Conventions | Comic Con South Africa sounded good from the press releases, but when reporter Gavin Mannion asked some questions, it all started to unravel: They aren’t affiliated with Comic-Con International, there is no Marvel South Africa (listed as an exhibitor) and it’s taking place in a venue that holds 150 people. [lazygamer.net]

Auctions | One of Canada’s largest comic-book collections, featuring tens of thousands of titles from the 1960s and ’70s, is expected to bring between $200,000 and $300,000 at auction this weekend. [Global News]

Creators | The fund-raiser for a bronze statue of the late Family Circus cartoonist Bil Keane in Paradise Valley, Arizona, has met its goal, thanks in part to a single donation of $20,000. [AZ Central]

Retailing | The local newspaper profiles Long Island’s Grashoppers Comics and its owner, John Riley, who has a degree in English as well as an MBA. [The Island Now]

Competitions | Aspiring sci-comics creators alert! The Euro Stem Cells Foundation is running a competition for writers and graphic novel creators on the topic of stem cells and associated research. They are looking for prose, poetry, and comics that can explain the science of stem cells to non-scientists. [Forbidden Planet]

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you $9. For example, releasing exactly the English version of ebooks and after that waiting to get a couple of years to produce them in other languages isn’t smart. Per E Samuelsson, Lundstr

Look, LucasArts has really been dead since the early 2000s when crazies in management ousted their talent (comic industry business practices, is that you?) and started outsourcing everything.

They gave up on making original stories and went into making nothing but Star Wars games of ever decreasing quality; most recently being the abyssmal Kinect Star Wars, a game of such low quality it’s an embarrassment for everyone involved. This was a mercy killing.

The cuts in “Home Entertainment” and “Production” likely translate to lay-offs in the DVD/Blu-ray department. Those formats are giving more ground to digital distribution each year so it makes sense they would phase out working in those areas. Never a good thing when people lose their jobs, but neither will anything stop the march of technology.

where can I apply for a job at Disney/Pixar/Marvel if I’m a new college graduate?

Once again the people who do the actual work in an organization, and who create the wealth, get canned. And the executives, who do little more than have 3-martini lunches, continue on with their inflated pay packages and country club perks….

Simon DelMonte

April 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

It’s possible that Disney is bloated. Or that it’s just acting like every other large firm on Earth and trying to maximize profit and bosses’ salaries at the cost of everyone else’s jobs.

But since Ike Perlmutter is the largest shareholder at Disney now, he could be bringing his unique penny pinching methods to all of Disney. Look for a cutback in the number of DVDs produced going forward if this is the case.

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