Framestore to Close Vancouver Facility Following SAG-AFTRA Strikes

Framestore to Close Vancouver Facility Following SAG-AFTRA Strikes

Vancouver, June 20, 2024 – Renowned VFX company Framestore has announced the closure of its Vancouver facility, effective July 5, 2024. This decision comes in the wake of an industry-wide decline in production following the SAG-AFTRA strikes in the latter half of 2023, as revealed in an internal email to staff.

The Vancouver studio, a key part of Framestore’s global operations since its acquisition of Method Studios in 2020, has been instrumental in the company’s success. Despite the high-quality work produced by the Vancouver team, challenging market conditions have necessitated this difficult decision.

According to the internal communication, no new projects will be initiated out of Vancouver. However, a smaller team will remain to manage ongoing projects. Framestore has expressed its commitment to supporting the affected employees by offering open roles in other studios and collaborating with recruitment teams to find new opportunities within the industry.

The full message to employees reads:

Dear colleagues,

We are very sad to let you know that we will be closing our Vancouver office as a standalone studio from the 5th of July. This means that we will no longer be running any new projects out of Vancouver, although we will be keeping a smaller team there working on projects currently going through our other sites.

This has been a really difficult decision that we have had to make as a result of the industry-wide fall in production post the SAG-AFTRA strikes in the second half of 2023.

We’re incredibly sorry to be taking this action, and we’re sure everyone appreciates that our priority is with the Vancouver team. We are very proud of the exceptional work that the talented team has consistently produced over many years. This decision has nothing to do with their creativity and commitment, which has been outstanding, it is only a reflection of the market conditions we face.

Wherever possible, we will of course be looking to offer open roles in our other studios. In addition, the recruitment team will be working closely with those affected to try and find new work by reaching out to our contacts in the industry.

Framestore’s closure of its Vancouver facility underscores the significant impact the SAG-AFTRA strikes have had on the industry, highlighting the broader challenges faced by production companies in maintaining operations amid fluctuating market conditions.

Source: Animation World Network (AWN)

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