The world of video game music has blossomed in recent years, enough to support live concert tours
and bestselling albums
. But while most such work is licensed or contracted out to third-party composers, a rare breed make their living at a single company, imbuing entire franchises with their unique sound. And apart from Nintendo's venerable Koji Kondo
, there is perhaps no dedicated gaming composer more renowned than Martin O'Donnell
. From humble beginnings writing the jingle for Flintstones Vitamins
, O'Donnell and longtime collaborator Michael Salvatori
joined developer Bungie in 1997, penning music for Myth
, and most notably the Halo trilogy
-- an iconic blend
of sweeping orchestral bombast
, haunting choirs
, and electronic ambience
that became one of the most acclaimed and successful gaming soundtracks of all time. O'Donnell also helmed Bungie's audio department, managing voice actors
, sound effects
, and an innovative dynamic music engine
, and was most recently working with Paul McCartney
on the score for the upcoming Destiny
. So it came as a surprise today when it was announced MartyTheElder was being terminated without cause
(flabbergasted reaction: HBO
). With O'Donnell following Joseph Staten
, Frank O'Connor
, Marcus Lehto
, and other Bungie veterans out the door, what might this mean for the company and its decade-long plan for Destiny? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 16, 2014 -
Fired? Speak no evil.
"[A] termination agreement pinged into my inbox. Much of it set forth standard-issue language resolving such matters as date of termination, the vesting of options, the release of all claims against the company, and the return of company property. I think I get to keep last year’s Christmas gift of an iPad, and the previous year’s bottle of wine has long been drunk, but I must send back any company files in my possession. So far, so good. What brings me up short is clause No. 12: No Disparagement. 'You agree,' it reads, 'that you will never make any negative or disparaging statements (orally or in writing) about the Company or its stockholders, directors, officers, employees, products, services or business practices, except as required by law.' If I don’t agree to this nondisparagement clause, I will not receive my severance — in this case, the equivalent of two weeks of pay."
posted by SpacemanStix
on Jan 3, 2014 -
PBS says good night, Melanie, now security will escort you out. Melanie Martinez
was the star of The Good Night Show, the marquee show
on the PBS-Comcast preschool channel, Sprout
. At least, she was until this week, when a parody PSA promoting "technical virginity
" (video, NSFW
) from her starving actress days resurfaced, thanks to a Memphis radio station
. PBS fired her, saying that the "video is inappropriate for her role as a preschool program host," even though it pre-dated her Sprout work by many years. A new meaning for the word dooced
posted by dw
on Jul 21, 2006 -
Another blogger gets fired for blogging.
Blogebrity is reporting that the latest victim is Jessa Jeffries whose blog Jessaisms
got her booted. But mysteriously there is no explaination on her blog as to what her offense was and a cached
version reveals nothing negative to her workplace or any illegalities. Unless of course they stumbled across some of her anti-Bush rants or pictures of Lindsay Lohan's breasts. Is that
now termination-worthy? Furthermore her now-former employer is demanding that not just her offending posts be removed, but her entire blog. How is that possible? The blog is due to disappear at noon today.
posted by tsarfan
on May 18, 2006 -
Another working blogger bites the dust
- "This was moaning about not getting your birthday off or not getting on with your boss. I wasn't libelling anyone or giving away trade secrets."
The company he worked for, Waterstones
, saw differently. More on the subject here
posted by triv
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Bob Edwards gets the boot!
The host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" since its inception in 1979 has been forced out of that job. What's next to go? Susan Stamberg's cranberry relish?
posted by Durwood
on Mar 23, 2004 -
Cirque Du Soleil fires HIV positive gymnast.
"It's preposterous for Cirque de Soleil to call Matthew a 'known safety hazard,'" Gorenberg said. "Cirque du Soleil denied Matthew this job not because of sound science or rational concern for other employees but because of unfounded fear. It defies both common sense and science to think that Matthew would exchange bodily fluids with another gymnast while flying through the air."
posted by adrober
on Jul 22, 2003 -
Perhaps This Public Image/Persona Thing Has Gone Just A Little Too Far: Luís Campos Lopes
, the manager of the Portuguese football team Vitoria de Setúbal
has just been sacked
for "projecting a negative image of the club". [Link in Portuguese, but please read on.
] The reason? Just watch the photo-sequence in the main link. Luís Lopes had trouble putting on his Setúbal vest during a crucial game with Benfica! I.e. the powerful sports media in Portugal and Brazil have had a riot with the photographs and the poor widdle proprietors were embarrassed. So? He may not be a brilliant manager - but isn't this blatant lookism
? Isn't "image" becoming much too big for its boots, as it were, in professional sports? [Here is the only English language reference I could find. Please scroll down to "Luís Campos".
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 31, 2003 -
"Now America is reappraising the battlefield, delaying the war, maybe a week and rewriting the war plan. The first plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another plan." Seems patently obvious, no? But tell Iraqi state television that and suddenly you're speaking from "a position of complete ignorance," according to the White House.
Peter Arnett, highly respected, Pulitzer Prize winner
and the first journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden on film
, wouldn't back down the last time a network caved into craven submission at hands of the American military
, and he's been sacked by NBC/MSNBC for again refusing to do so
. There's no First Amendment case, obviously, and no real surprise that the military would be exerting pressure to maintain control over information, but does the firing of high-profile Arnett for the repeating the obvious increase anybody's
confidence that we're hearing anything resembling the truth?
posted by JollyWanker
on Mar 31, 2003 -
Today's lesson: Write a letter to a congressman
, get fired for it. Was this abuse of a work email account, or a miffed congressman's office overstepping its bounds? Ah, dissent in the 21st century, what a time we live in.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 14, 2002 -
Cadence engineer fired for activism:
So, an engineer for Cadence Design Systems
, on his own time and dime went to Bethlehem to do humanitarian work with the International Solidarity Movement
, a group of pro-Palestinian activists who believe in non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. When he returned, he was immediately terminated due to "inappropriate politics in an area where Cadence does business (Israel)".
Should corporations have the right to mandate the political views of their employees, contractors and subsidiary workers? Would there be more outrage if he was fired for supporting the Israeli occupation? When a Christian's beliefs run contrary to Jewish interests, is it automatically fair to fire the Christian?
posted by dejah420
on May 29, 2002 -