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Shrinking Disc Demand Downsizes Burbank Plant

A subsidiary of Technicolor SA is closing a Burbank video processing plant, resulting in up to 60 layoffs, according to documents filed with the state. The Technicolor Creative Services USA Inc. facility in the Media Studios North complex is scheduled to close in December. Technicolor Creative Services, based in Glendale, is transferring the work being done in Burbank to the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, according to a company spokesman. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state listed 60 employees affected by the closure, but the spokesman said it is standard practice at Technicolor to offer employees positions at other locations. The work being done at the Burbank plant involved compression, which reduces the amount of data written onto standard definition DVDs and high definition Blu-ray discs. Technicolor has additional compression facilities in London and Bangalore, India. Technicolor is a French company based in suburban Paris, formerly known as Thomson Multimedia, that changed its name to Technicolor after buying the iconic Hollywood supplier of 35 mm theatrical film prints in 2000. Creative Services comes under the Entertainment Services division of Technicolor. For the third quarter, the Entertainment Services division had revenue of $574 million, slightly down from $581 million a year earlier. The company attributed the decrease to its film processing activities. Technicolor has two other locations in Burbank, one for its digital cinema business at Media Studios North and the other downtown. The company also has a film lab in Glendale. This is not the first time in recent years that Technicolor has made staffing cuts, particularly as the entertainment industry makes the transition to digital content. In late 2011, more than 40 employees were let go from the Technicolor lab in Glendale due to a decrease in the demand for 35 mm prints. The lab processes studio and independent film prints, dailies and trailers. Technicolor moved its film lab to Glendale last year after closing a larger lab in North Hollywood once its lease expired, a move that also accompanied job reductions.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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