NBCUniversal to Cut 200 Jobs at Glendale Studio in DreamWorks Animation Takeover

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NBCUniversal is cutting about 200 jobs at DreamWorks Animation's Glendale campus, shown in April. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Less than a month after completing its takeover of DreamWorks Animation, NBCUniversal announced plans to eliminate about 200 jobs at the Glendale operation of the former standalone studio.

“These changes are focused in the corporate overhead groups as well as distribution and consumer products, areas where we can fully integrate operations with NBCUniversal,” Universal Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jeff Shell said in an email to employees Thursday.

Shell said about 200 positions would be eliminated at the studio, which is known for such blockbuster films as “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Shell is overseeing the integration of DreamWorks into his Universal film unit.

Employees whose jobs are being eliminated will be be notified this week. Dozens are expected to remain with the company for a few months as part of the transition.

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