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DreamWorks Animation cuts 500 jobs, reduces film slate

A sign for DreamWorks Animation is shown in this July 19, 2012, file photo during a ground breaking opening of DreamWorks studios in Redwood City, Calif. The company — known for animated movies such as
A sign for DreamWorks Animation is shown in this July 19, 2012, file photo during a ground breaking opening of DreamWorks studios in Redwood City, Calif. The company — known for animated movies such as "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" — said Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, that it is seeking to reduce costs and improve profitability.
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DreamWorks Animation says it is reducing the number of films it produces each year from three to two and cutting 500 jobs. 

The company — known for animated movies such as "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" — said Thursday that it is seeking to reduce costs and improve profitability.

Among the departures are Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Taubin, Chief Operating Officer Mark Zoradi and Vice Chairman Lewis Coleman, Deadline.com reported, citing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

DreamWorks says it will focus on six movies over the next three years — one original film and one sequel per year.

The job cuts represent 18 percent of its workforce and are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will take a $290 million pre-tax charge in connection with the restructuring.

Shares of the Glendale, California, company rose 3 percent in extended trading following the announcement.