We received a tip this morning about an “employee revolt” at well known video and digital PR services company On the Scene Productions yesterday. Sure enough, PRWeek‘s Tonya Garcia has confirmed that the company let go of all its employees yesterday.
We reached out to On the Scene for comment and spoke with Jim Bowling, a VP and Creative Director who has been with the company for twenty-one years. Bowling said that employees knew something was going on when they didn’t get their last paychecks and an email was “sent around yesterday saying there would be a meeting at noon” where they were told of the mass firings and that the company would be filing for bankruptcy. Bowling said employees were not offered any severance or benefits.
The company, founded by Sally Jewett and Stacie Hunt, recently sold to investment firm Socious Capital, which has no other media holdings. Socious executives flew in for the meeting, “and gave us until today at 2pm the next day to leave,” said Bowling
“This was a great company,” he said. “These guys really didn’t take the time to know or understand the employees, so how can you be successful running a company without even knowing your employees.” On the Scene has done work for Chrysler, The Rolling Stones, the American Medical Association and Billy Joel, among other entertainment and consumer brands. Socious Capital could not be reached for comment as of the time of this post.