Variety is reporting that Starz Media, which consists of Overture, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Film Roman and Starz Animation are for sale. The companies are available as a group or separately.
Starz was formerly owned by IDT and before that was Dan Krech Productions. It is one of the larger employers in the Toronto animation business.
I’ve read the comments that followed and read the article, along with a few others. There’s been no official comment out of Starz Animation itself, but here’s my take on it.
Don’t panic. Yes, there have been some layoffs over the past number of months at Starz, but there have also been some new hires too. The last time I was there, I saw quite a few more desks filled since my previous visit. They’re subject to production cycles, just like everyone else, and they’ve proven themselves to be a pretty solid employer.
This news doesn’t appear to be all that new, and there’s been no impact yet. Yes, Starz Animation is technically available for purchase. The parent company in the US has been restructuring some entities for awhile and with that has come some executive shuffling. So, “Starz is focused on completing the sale of the Starz Media division that houses Overture, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Film Roman and Starz Animation“. Any or all of these companies, divisions of Starz Media, itself a division of Starz, might be sold at some point. Could be this year, maybe next, maybe never. The truth is that the studio in Toronto has done good business, so typically they would look at other divisions that are not profitable in the U.S. first.
Also, they’ve just renewed their ad here on the site, so I’d say that bodes pretty well for the company.