Netflix Animation Lays Off 30 People After Restructure
Netflix officially laid off 30 employees this past Wednesday from their animation staff. In another report from The Hollywood Journalist, the streaming monster is restructuring their organization because of a declining number of subscribers that started last Spring. Netflix lost north of 200,000 subscribers during the first quarter of 2022, which was trailed by a tremendous loss of 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter of the year. There was a previous layoff of 70-plus employees in animation and numerous dropped projects that included Meghan Markle’s Pearl, which made the animation side of the studio start a restructuring.
The organization is currently opening a Netflix Animation office in Burbank, CA to foster their upcoming component animation projects. Netflix Animation is currently being driven by VP of animation film content Karen Toliver and VP of animation film creation Traci Balthazor. The new layoffs mirror the streaming service’s expectation to rearrange their animation organization under the pair. Some of the upcoming projects that will be released by Netflix Animation will be Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, The Sea Beast, and, surprisingly, a Chicken Run sequel.
The most late Netflix series, The Sandman, sent off at number three on the Nielsen charts however as of late advanced toward number one on the charts. Previously, Gaiman uncovered while conversing with Diversion Weekly why he refused to get on previous Sandman projects.
“I had refused to reach out,” Gaiman said of previous adaptations, most as of late one with Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined to both direct and star in. “I’d refused to think of them; I refused to be the leader maker. I wouldn’t do it because I knew that on the off chance that I did, I would lose the main power that I had, which was to have the option to speak out against a terrible Sandman film. Luckily, Sandman was just excessively expensive for anyone to justify making. Furthermore, on the off chance that you’re attempting to make a Sandman film, the first question is, what do you toss out? Because Sandman, when it was finished, is 3,000 pages of comic. So what is your film then?”
Gaiman proceeded to review some of the terrible adaptations that almost occurred, including a version from Raw Fiction co-essayist Roger Avary that was over as soon as he pitched it to the heads of Warner Bros. He also spoke about a version from maker Jon Peters (of Kevin Smith’s Superman film with a monster spider distinction), adding: “There was a version of the script, and I will always remember the first line: ‘A-ha, foolish mortals! As on the off chance that your tiny weapons could hurt me, the powerful Master of Dreams, the Sandman!’ And it deteriorated from there.”
Tom Sturridge leads the top pick cast for the series playing the central protagonist and Master of Dreams. He stars alongside Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Asim Chaudhry as Abel, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps, David Thewlis as John Dee, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Patton Oswalt as the voice of Dream’s raven Matthew, .and as Dream’s siblings, Mason Alexander Park as Desire and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death. The first season of the series is currently streaming on Netflix.