Warner Bros. and software maker Autodesk are the most recent companies to announce extensive layoffs in the face of the economic downturn.
WB announced it will eliminate 800 jobs. The studio says the cuts will come via outsourcing 300 jobs, not filling about 200 open positions and laying off another 300 positions. A WB spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter that the layoffs would be spread throughout every division at the studio, which has a large animation department, and at every level of job up to the exec VP level.
Autodesk will layoff 750 workers’about 10 percent of its work force’as part of a restructuring plan aimed at reducing expenses. The company, which makes the prominent animation software package Maya, also has reduced its stock guidance and is spinning off its location services business to Hale Capital Partners.