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Technicolor Layoffs Hit Los Angeles Staff

Technicolor has issued layoff notices to several dozen employees in the Los Angeles area, Variety has learned.

“The action relates to our Media Services group specifically, which flexes according to our clients’ needs,” a Technicolor spokesperson said Monday.

The company did not disclose how many employees are being let go. But people with knowledge of the situation indicated that the number was less than 50.

Technicolor announced in December that it was closing its Glendale film lab, which employed 39 people, due to the decline in the demand for film. That facility was devoted to processing 65mm negatives and striking 70mm prints for Imax and other large-format theaters.

A Technicolor exec said at that point that company employed about 1,750 people in the Los Angeles area.

Technicolor announced in June that it was consolidating its six digital media services buildings across the L.A. basin into a single 20,000 sq. ft. facility in downtown Burbank. The services moving to the new facility include encoding, transcoding, subtitling/closed-captioning, digital distribution, tape-to-file conversion, editing, audio and quality control, metadata transformation, DVD and Blu-ray disc compression and authoring.

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