Tangent Animation, a studio in Toronto and Winnipeg, announced yesterday that they were shutting down production on all projects. The unexpected news came as a likely shock to staffers, who were working on multiple feature film projects for Netflix at the time.
The total number of workers affected is not clear, though we have heard up to 400 people worked between Tangent’s two locations. It is also unclear if the studio will reopen or reorganize at some point. The only thing anyone knows at the moment is that the studio has shut down production and laid off everyone. Cartoon Brew reached out to Tangent for comment, but has not heard back yet. We will update the story if they respond.
Established in 2014, Tangent had previously produced Netflix’s Next Gen and the Spanish/Canadian co-production Ozzy. Notably, the studio had built an unconventional production pipeline using open-source Blender software rather than the standard Autodesk Maya pipeline. Tangent’s sister companies are Tangent Labs, which recently launched the cloud-based cg production pipeline Loupe, and Tangent Interactive. It’s unclear if the latter companies were impacted by the production shutdown.