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Sesame Street Anounces Layoffs

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Colbynfriends, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Could you please repost this so we don't have to retype the whole link?
  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  3. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    I think they can't go wrong with making more Big Bird, Grover, and Cookie Monster toys again :). Maybe even a new Telly and a Honker now that Follow That Bird is being put out again...Or ooo..A 'bluebird of happiness' version of Big Bird :)! That might do well...
  4. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    I feel so sorry for the people fired :( I certainly know what it's like to not have a job. I hope this economy gets better soon!
  5. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    This is awful. And CNN didn't make it any better by making fun of it.

    Just in time for the 40th season...

    Man,...if I had a million dollars, I would donate it to the workshop(maybe they could produce more episodes?). This recession is just a bad nightmare and it really has hit close to home...the street, that is.
  6. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    I thought news people were supposed to just report the news and not make light of such things.

    Since when did this begin?
  7. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member

    Wow, for a 40th year series, that is one bad present to start things off. :sympathy:

    Still, I don't understand how a non-profit organization like Sesame workshop is able to keep all of those people on the payroll and still have to cut some people off ? :(
  8. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    What a shame.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If you reread some of what I said, while TME and TMX made a fortune for the series, Elmo Live (pegged to have been the it toy) came out at a bad financial time, and SW is hurting from the lack of profits that it could have made, had it came out a year earlier. And while SS gets corporate funding, most of that stuff goes to PBS to air the show. They get most of their funding from TMX and all their merchandise. No people buying the merchandise= less money they get.

    I'm doing my part by buying up as much T-Shirts as I can. :sing:
  10. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I'm really starting to get worried about this, but only a little bit. It's scary knowing what has been going on in the news lately, but I don't think that Sesame Workshop is going to pull the plug on their operations. They will probably try to get more help and fiancial aid from other services if needed.
  11. muppet baby

    muppet baby Active Member

    this is really sad i did not see a news report on this just this thread here . It is so sad but in a way i am not surprised because of it being a non profit place that funs to great seseme street . I hope that they will be able to put the prosestions back soon when the resesion ends .:)
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And us fans gotta help out by buying T-shirts and stuff like that. I almost wish there was more merchandise that appealed to me.

    I'm just worried if this effects the future of the show at all. And productions overseas (which are even more important than our own in some cases).
  13. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Well hey, When the new Anniversary edition of "Follow That Bird" comes out we'll be there for that! :wisdom:
  14. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    is there any other info on this? i haven't seen a single "news" report that's done anything but parrot back the statistic and make some joke about it. it would be nice if someone in the press actually ASKED sw what the cutbacks mean in terms of production and what the workshop's priorities are for where to put the little money they still have. i don't see anything on their website about it either--the latest press releases are from January. i do hope that's not an ironic consequence of the layoffs, because the new website is so great, it seems like such an asset for their educational goals--as long as it continues to get updated.
  15. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    It's a company, it will work itself out. I'm still concerned about all the people out of work.
  16. Colbynfriends

    Colbynfriends Well-Known Member

  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm worried because it's a Not for Profit organization, and about all the wonderful stuff they do all over the world. I mean, we see it as the company that makes Sesame Street and puts it on TV, but let's not forget all those co-productions aimed at spreading peace when the adults just don't want to (effectively acting more like children than the children themselves). Anything that causes a dent in that sort of philanthropic, kind hearted company is serious.

    And yes, I also worry about the workers. I like how recessions feed gluttonously off themselves. Company loses money, it fires employees, they can't afford to buy stuff, company loses money, and the vicious cycle completes itself. I swear the bigger companies that losing money is no big deal winds up affecting the little guys like SW and even smaller, independently and locally owned companies.
  18. WinWillie

    WinWillie New Member

    Not for profits rely on donations and grants and in this economy, that's very difficult. Sad that this and so many other nonprofits will be adversely impacted.
  19. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I think that they'll be able to pay there annual and yearly budget and production costs as usual, So I see what Heralde is saying. So I hope off the best to every one who is affected in this.
  20. muppet baby

    muppet baby Active Member

    I totally agree william , i really hope that it all works out . I think that the company will do ok .

    I also truly belive that there are so many people who support this comany and a lot of poeple also know that we need seseme street to , it is to good .

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