Western Images Restructures
San Francisco-based Western Images is restructuring to focus solely on visual effects, CGI, design direction and creative editorial services. Facility services, which include the linear edit suite, Henry, telecine and video service bureau, will be retired. In addition, the company will expand its efforts in long-form broadcast and feature film effects. As a result of the restructuring, five people were laid off. Four were related to fax work and the fifth was executive producer Ken Solomon. "Kenny (Solomon) worked very hard and was very good. However, today's market circumstances suggest other ways to capture new business," said Michael Cunningham, president and CEO. "Our restructuring will allow for a much more concerted efforts into these areas of past success. We see a great deal of activity in these areas and will expand our customer base to include more work a well as make a stronger commitment to service the commercial sector. Western Images' owner Robert Stover remains committed to the continued operation of the company and fully supports us as we navigate changes in the industry to be poised to excel in a contemporary way. We stand much better to grow this company and are reorganizing in anticipation of the business upturn."