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Posted on 04/15/2008 2:30:37 AM PDT by abb
Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:30pm EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will cut 450 jobs from New Line Cinema in a highly anticipated move following an earlier decision to fold the movie studio under the wing of Warner Bros Entertainment.
About 40 of New Line's employees will be offered new jobs at Warner Bros in positions that will not displace existing Warner Bros jobs, a Time Warner spokesman said.
Employees are being informed on Monday and Tuesday.
About 40 to 50 existing New Line employees will remain at the division renowned for its blockbuster hit franchises, including the "Lord of the Rings" series.
"We are moving quickly to improve our business performance and financial returns," Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said in February.
It was not immediately clear how much the company would save or what type of charges it would likely take as a result of the cuts.
The decision in February to fold the studio under Warner ended New Line's 40 years as an independent studio.
Bewkes, who took over the company that owns AOL and CNN in January has said few options to improving Time Warner's fortunes were off the table.
(Reporting by Kenneth Li; Editing by Andre Grenon)
BLACK MONDAY: 450 New Line Jobs Axed
This is an incredibly sad day for hundreds of New Line Cinema employees. Because Time Warner is notifying them today and tomorrow that 450 positions will be eliminated in the reorganization to absorb the studio by Warner Bros. Some 40 to 50 employees will remain with New Line and about 40 others will be offered jobs at Warner Bros. I’m told the layoffs will be effective the end of June. An insider reveals that, among the many layoffs, the entire physical production department is being shuttered and that Kate Beyda is going to run the newly reorganized company’s physical production arm.
Your TIME is up...
Does this mean we’ll see fewer films glorifying violent criminals and slashers?
New Line never figured out why people liked LOTR so produced The Golden Compass. Same concept, right?
If you think Warners will do better, they fought against Babylon 5. Could not figure it out either. The mindset of most major studios is less imaginative than a vacant lot.
New Line Cinema Fires Everyone, Nearly
By Josh Tyler: 2008-04-15 03:51:48
New Line Cinema Fires Everyone, Nearly Back in early March when we first heard that New Line Cinema would be absorbed into Time Warner, industry sources predicted that in the process nearly 75% of their staff would be laid off as part of the reshuffling. Those estimates were a little low.
This morning Variety is reporting that theyre firing well just about everyone. 450 employees are being kicked out the door, leaving only 40 or 50 behind to mind the store, or whatevers left of it. Additionally, another 40 will be offered jobs inside Time Warner, which I guess means New Line Cinema pretty much no longer exists. Does it?
Thats where I start getting a little bit confused. In February Time Warner announced that a scaled down version of New Line would continue to exist, managing its own development, production, marketing, and publicity, though in a much more scaled down manner. But its hard to imagine them accomplishing much with no one left to answer the phone, let alone make an actual movie.
Hopefully, New Line sticks around, if only as a shell brand whose logo Time Warner slaps on the front of certain movies. Maybe theyve fallen on hard times since Lord of the Rings, but The Hobbit just wont seem quite right without a New Line Cinema logo in front of it. Id miss that musical little filmstrip.
New Line Cinema RIP
p2pnet news | Movies:- Its pink-slip time at former mini-major studio New Line Cinema of Lord of the Rings fame.
Some 450 employees in New York and Los Angeles are to be fired, leaving only about 40-50 staffers to keep the company, retooled as a genre-oriented label within Warner Bros. as part of a Time Warner cost-cutting effort, afloat, says the Hollywood Reporter, going on:
Another 40 New Line employees are being offered positions elsewhere within Warner Bros.
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes announced in February the company was, folding New Line into Warner Bros. as part of a move designed to save $50 million annually, with New Line to make six to eight pics per year, says Variety.
Cumulative worldwide gross receipts of the LoR trilogy amounted to nearly $6 billion, said the JRR Tolkien estate, suing the studio.
The revamped New Line will have a small development and production team along with marketing, publicity and business affairs execs, says the Hollywood Reporter
And No, its owner, Time Warner, the isnt blaming file sharers.
Last year, 15 actors from the LoR trilogy are sued New Line for breach of contract, claiming they were still owed a percentage of the estimated $100 million US in profits from sales of movie merchandise, said the Associated Press at the time, going on:
The New Zealand actors were supposed to split five per cent of the revenue after expenses from sales of caps, video games, mugs and other merchandise, says the lawsuit filed May 30 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The suit contends New Line breached the contract by taking distribution and gross participation fees to which it wasnt entitled.
The fees werent in the contract and, ate up all the profits owed to the actors, their lawyer, Henry Gradstein, was quoted as saying, adding:
The expenses will always be approximately 104 per cent. Its Hollywood accounting.
Trustees of the Tolkien Trust, a British charity, also sued New Line, for its failure to pay a contractually required gross profit participation in the three films based on the world-famous Lord of the Rings trilogy.
JRR T olkien estate trustees and HarperCollins Publishers are co-plaintiffs, said a statement, going on:
The Lord of the Rings films produced by New Line are among the most financially successful films ever created by Hollywood and were released in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively.
Notwithstanding the, overwhelming financial success of the films, and the fact that the plaintiffs have a gross participation in each of the films, New Line has failed to pay the plaintiffs any portion of the gross profit participation at all, said the estate.
Economic downturn anyone?
Unless and until the MSM in this country stops insulting and offending its audience, this will be the result.
Hopefully their assets will be available at bargain basement prices and some real entertainment and news reporting will come out of it
This cautionary example will reverberate in Hollywood for a long, long time.
Didn’t they rip off the Tolkien estate from royalties on LOTR?
New Line produced “Hairspray” in 2007.
Half of my girl’s Christmas presents came from the New Line Shop. Pictures of Zac Efron as Link Larkin, hang all over my house.
I was disappointed that they did Golden Compass after. It was sad.
They have reaped what they have sown.
No it won't! They don't learn.
Look at last year's Oscar winner. Everyone that I know that saw it said it was a waste of time and had no ending.
But it was dark as the day is long. Hollywood is full of emos who think that most of America stepped out of Talladega Nights. They never learn.