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Layoffs at Peace Arch Entertainment

Yesterday, Toronto, Canada's Peace Arch Entertainment unveiled plans to cut 23 jobs as part of a restructuring of its entertainment division.
December 11, 2008

Yesterday, Toronto, Canada’s Peace Arch Entertainment unveiled plans to cut 23 jobs as part of a restructuring of its entertainment division.

The producer and distributor that currently holds Canadian home video rights to Treehouse TV titles, Word World and Storm Hawks, said the job cuts taking place over the next two months will result in annual cost savings of around US$1.97 million.

Peace Arch gave no indication where the cuts will be concentrated, but said the workforce reduction was the first step in a cost-reduction program to help fend off a deepening industry downturn.

The move also comes as the company recently bolstered its international sales arm as well as its North American theatrical distribution and home video businesses, and beefed up its TV development slate.

The cost efficiencies also follow three major acquisitions in 2007: the Castle Hill/Dream film library, the Trinity Home Entertainment US DVD distribution business and the Dufferin Gate Productions studio facility in Toronto.

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