December 3, 2020 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Sony Pictures Laying Off 216 Employees

Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City has laid off 216 employees. (Image courtesy Sony Pictures)

Local and State officials have vocally expressed their respective desires to boost film tax credits and incentives as a means to keep film and television production jobs in and around Hollywood. Yet, records released by the California Employment Development Dept. (EDD) show Sony Pictures Entertainment filed notice regarding its recent layoff of 216 employees from its Culver City operations.

This is not a new round of layoffs, but instead part of workforce reduction that began almost a month ago. Some impacted employees are still working on the lot.

The EDD received notice from Sony in late March, according to an online report published April 10.

Last month’s filing came on the heels of Sony Electronics’ notice of intent to layoff 400 employees from its San Diego office and another 50 in San Jose.

Similarly, Sony Computer Entertainment America in Santa Monica informed the EDD on Feb. 27 it laid off 40 employees, including animators, artists, designers, and producers, just two days earlier.

Sony Pictures Entertainment did not provide a list of jobs at its Culver City offices that would be affected by the layoff notice.

Several films are expected to release under the Sony Pictures Entertainment banner between now and when the 216 layoffs will be complete, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 22 Jump Street.

Next year, Sony Pictures Entertainment plans to release The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 starring Kevin James, and the yet-to-be-named James Bond film headlined by Daniel Craig.

In 2016, Sony plans to distribute films such as Angry Birds and The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

A fourth iteration of The Amazing Spider-Man is planned for 2018.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is Culver City’s largest employer. According to the most recent Culver City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Sony Pictures Entertainment had 6,000 employees in 2013, or more than 25 percent of the entire City’s workforce. G&K Management Co. was City’s second-largest employer with 1,100 employees, or less than 5 percent of the Culver City workforce.

The economic impact of Sony’s planned layoffs on Culver City has yet to be determined.

Representatives from Sony Pictures Entertainment were not immediately available for comment.

Related Posts

Video: Local Gym Owners File Lawsuit

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

Local gym owners are seeking a relaxation of health orders aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus in a...

Supervisor Kuehl Dines out in Santa Monica After Voting to Shut Down Restaurants

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

LA County Supervisor dines at Il Forno in Santa Monica last Tuesday By Sam Catanzaro LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl,...

Santa & Frosty are Zooming to Culver City!

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

From the City of Culver City The City of Culver City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department would like to bring some of the...

Jeopardy! Begins Production Again With New Host: Culver City Beat – November, 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Jeopardy! Begins Production Again With New Host * George Gascon Can...

Edify TV: Budget Cuts Leading to More Beach Pollution

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

Local budget cuts are leading to more trash and pollution on Westside beaches according to environmental experts. Learn more in...

Culver City Education Foundation’s Giving Tuesday

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

From Culver City Unified School District GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to support the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) through its Annual Campaign....

Study Shows Corporate Landlords Sought to Profit During Last Economic Crisis

November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

By Les Dunseith/UCLA A research brief by the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy draws fresh attention to the manner in which corporate...

Framework of Culver City Amzaon Studios Nearly Complete

November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

530,000 square feet project slated for completion in 2021 By Chad Winthrop A half-a-million square-foot project in Culver City that...

Edify TV: Layoffs Coming as LA County Suspends Outdoor Dining

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

“We are laying off about 70 percent of our staff,” says a local restaurant owner in the wake of LA County...

Citizen Public Market Opens its Doors in Culver City

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

Pizzette, goodboybob and WEHO Sausage Co. round out lineup By Toi Creel A long awaited food destination has finally opened...

Support Local Businesses #chooseculvercity: Culver City Beat – November, 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Support Local Businesses #chooseculvercity * Homicides Reach 300 Highest Rate in...

Four Suspects at Large After Culver City Armed Carjacking

November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

Mercedes stolen at gunpoint Friday night By Sam Catanzaro Culver City police are searching for four suspects who stole a...

Culver City Wins Transit Agency of the Year Award

November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

Culver City transit line earns state-wide award By Chad Winthrop The Culver City Transportation Department, which includes Culver CityBus, has been named...

Edify TV: 22-Story Office Building Planned for Westside

November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020

Learn about plans to bring a 22-story office building to the Westside in this video made possible by Santa Monica...

Culver City 7-Eleven Robbed at Gunpoint

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

Suspect robs Sepulveda Blvd 7-Eleven Tuesday night A man made off with cash after robbing a Culver City 7-Eleven at...