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DWA’s Merger Mania

Steve Kaplan / November 12, 2014

Dreamworks / no comments

The trade papers tell us. DreamWorks Animation is deeply engaged in two potentially game changing negotiations that could transform the company — including one with Hasbro to forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro. The other talks are with Hearst to turn DWA’s AwesomenessTV into a joint venture. We’re told that a DWA…

The Sweet Siren Call of Free Money

Steve Kaplan / November 11, 2014

tax incentivesvfx / no comments

Vancouver snares another VFX company: [M]ajor international visual effects firm Double Negative, with branches in London and Singapore, has chosen a key piece of recently vacated commercial office space for its new Vancouver branch operations in what amounts to one of the largest office deals in Mount Pleasant. Vancouver marks its third office and first…

What Molly Said

Steve Kaplan / November 5, 2014

Business SavvyWhy Union / no comments

Sent by a constant reader: … Companies are not loyal to you. Please never believe a company has your back. They are amoral by design and will discard you at a moment’s notice. Negotiate aggressively, ask other freelancers what they’re getting paid, and don’t buy into the financial negging of some suit. I’ve cobbled together…

TAG 401(k) News

Armando Estrada / November 3, 2014

401k plan / no comments

So I was in a long Animation Guild 401(k) Plan trustee meeting today, and we now have some newer bells and train whistles which will be rolled out in coming months.

TAG 401(k) Plan

Steve Kaplan / October 31, 2014

401k plan / no comments

A brief update on TAG’s 401(k) Plan for participants and/or interested parties. Plan assets total $221,022,647. $209,957,503 is in Vanguard funds. $11,065,144 is in non-Vanguard funds. There are 2,476 participant accounts. Fees for the Plan total .19% (19 basis points) of assets.