Dreamworks Animation could be shutting down operations at its major production facility in India in early-2017. An announcement was made to the studio’s 300+ employees on Thursday by general manager Damien de Froberville.
The news, if true is especially shocking because prior to the Comcast acquisition of Dreamworks, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg had been aggressively growing the India studio. A news story from January 2016 had reported that the studio was set to expand from 260 to 350 employees.
The company is being cryptic about what is happening. De Froberville told the web site Animation Express, “DDU is not shutting down. I do not have any comments.” Studio manager Adi Shayan said, “[A]ll I can say is it’s not that black and white and there’s more to it.”