Disney has trimmed approximately 5% of its consumer products and digital media staff in job cuts affecting 250 people, the company confirmed today through a spokesman.
50% of the cuts came from the company’s remaining video games-related workforce. Disney largely exited the video game publishing business in May in favor of a licensed games model, announcing the cancellation of its Disney Infinity line of interactive games and toys at that time. Several of the affected employees came from a team working on Marvel: Avengers Alliance in Bellevue, Washington. That series was cancelled last week.
The other 50% of affected employees were casualties of Disney’s recent merger of its Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media divisions, which created the need to eliminate overlapping departments, among them marketing and human resources.
The cuts are small percentage of the Mouse House’s worldwide workforce of 180,000 people, but come as part of a series of recent reductions, including at Maker Studios, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and the Disney Infinity operation. The cuts also come just ahead of the September 30 end of the company’s current fiscal year.
The New York Times first reported on this news.