Nearly 200 jobs lost in the cinema industry in Quebec

Nearly 200 jobs lost in the cinema industry in Quebec
Nearly 200 jobs lost in the cinema industry in Quebec

The purge in Quebec’s animation and visual effects studios continued in April as nearly 200 people lost their jobs.

The latest screenwriters’ strike in Hollywood was very damaging to this industry, which was in full expansion until 2022. In addition, we must not forget the recent reduction in the tax credit applicable to the salaries of workers in this industry by the Legault government.

Among the companies that have slashed their workforce are RodeoFX and Productions Double Negative (DNEG).

RodeoFX, which specializes in visual effects for films and television series and in animation services, was particularly active with 85 layoffs. The Montreal company did not want to comment on the causes of its significant personnel movement.

Federal aid

Last year, in order to carry out a $3.75 million expansion project, RodeoFX received a repayable contribution of $1.5 million from the federal government.

Before its staff reduction, this independent studio had 900 employees in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Los Angeles.

This also hit hard at Double Negative Productions (DNEG), which laid off more than 100 employees in two weekly waves.

DNEG, who created the visual effects for the films Dune by Denis Villeneuve, has 10 studios around the world, including three in Canada. DNEG employees are unionized with the International Alliance of Stage, Theater and Motion Picture Employees (AIEST).

According to the Quebec Cinema and Television Bureau, 42% of workers lost their jobs between 2022 and 2023 (from 8,037 to 4,663).

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