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Viacom Layoffs Hit Mostly Paramount Network Staffers

Viacom laid off about 20 employees across its entertainment group, with the majority coming at Paramount Network, Deadline has confirmed. The company declined to comment, however a person with knowledge of the situation said the job cuts represent less than 2% of the group’s workforce. The layoffs come after a restructuring last October that brought together Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land under Kent Alterman. These divisions share an original content… Read


Billboard And Corporate Parent Valence Media Undergo Layoffs

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Twenty-two people have lost their jobs at Billboard and its corporate parent, Valence Media, in a restructuring of business operations. The reductions were designed to streamline the media company’s business operations and eliminate duplicated positions. Dana Miller, chief marketing officer for Billboard and its sister publication, The Hollywood Reporter, is out, according to a source familiar with the matter. The editorial staff of Billboard and The Hollywood… Read


Otter Media Lays Off 10% Of Staff In Restructuring Of Digital Properties

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Otter Media laid off about 10% of its staff today in a sweeping reorganization of its digital properties intended to make these assets more competitive and profitable. CEO Tony Goncalves sent an email to staff today outlining changes that he said would better position the digital media company to capitalize on the opportunities in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Otter’s consumer brands would be consolidated under the Ellation division, which operates the… Read


Disney Sets Another Small Round Of Layoffs


Disney has laid off fewer than 20 employees at the Disney Digital Network, the unit in Glendale that includes Maker Studios. While it doesn’t affect a large number of workers, the move is the latest of several job reductions tied to reorganizations ahead of Disney’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox. The Digital Network is now part of the company’s Direct to Consumer and International segment, whose formation was announced in March. DTCI is shepherding the… Read


SPT Networks Group Implements Creative Services Consolidation, Triggering Layoffs

Another area of Sony Pictures TV, Creative Services, has completed the consolidation process under the major reorganization of the company’s distribution operations announced by SPT chairman Mike Hopkins in June, leading to the elimination of a handful of positions. As part of the June realignment, SPT brought several global networks functions under one centralized services unit based in Culver City under TC Schultz, EVP, Networks Operations, Programming & Strategy… Read


Disney Consumer Products And Interactive Media Unit Sets Minor Job Cuts

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Disney’s Consumer Products and Interactive Media group has undergone a minor round of layoffs. The unit posted a decline in revenues and in operating income in the most recent quarter, as a result of lower licensing income and a drop in retail store sales. It’s unclear how many people lost their jobs, but a source familiar with the division said the number is significantly below the threshold of 50 workers that would require a formal disclosure under federal law. The… Read


Sony’s Merged TV Distribution/Home Entertainment Division Hit With Layoffs

EXCLUSIVE: After two rounds of consolidation in the distribution operations of Sony Pictures TV, the merged division is undergoing layoffs. I hear staffers at the combined global networks/worldwide distribution/home entertainment unit were notified today that their positions are being eliminated. There are no numbers available on the size of the layoffs, though one insider described the situation as a “bloodbath.” I hear there are a number of Sony TV veterans of 20-plus… Read


Global Road Layoffs Begin, 60-Plus Staffers To Be Let Go – Update

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UPDATE: Insiders at Global Road said that the actual numbers in that first round of layoffs reached only 45, with another five in the U.K. While there is no severance, insiders said that management bucked the draconian instructions from the lenders that took over the company, and got those laid off two months of COBRA insurance, which at least cushions the devastating blow of losing pay that day. I wonder if the number had to do with the California WARN Act, which… Read


AwesomenessTV Lays Off 50% Of Staff Following Viacom Acquisition – Update

UPDATED to reflect layoff information reported to California’s employment department: Just weeks after touting its acquisition of AwesomenessTV, Viacom began handing out pink slips. AwesomenessTV said it would fire 98 employees at the teen-focused studio’s Santa Monica offices, or about 50% of its workforce, according to filing made with the California Employment Development Department. The media company said would lay off most of the employees on or shortly after October… Read


Discovery Lays Off Employees At Scripps Networks Offices In Knoxville

Discovery Communications laid off an unspecified number of employees at the Scripps Networks Interactive offices in Knoxville, TN. A company spokesperson confirmed the job cuts, but refused to say how many people would lose their jobs. AdAge reported in mid-July that Discovery was reorganizing its ad sales team following the merger with Scripps Networks, appointing three sales leads who would oversee sales for groups of channels. That reorganization resulted in more than… Read


Univision Lays Off 6% Of Staff As It Plots New Back-To-Basics Course

Univision is announcing layoffs this morning, the next major step in the Hispanic media giant’s complete makeover. Numbers are not specified in the company-wide memo, but a source close to the company tells Deadline 6% of jobs will be eliminated. Before the reductions, the company had a workforce of about 4,000 people, meaning the ranks of the departed will number about 250. Vince Sadusky, who succeeded Randy Falco as CEO in June, said in a memo to employees (read it… Read


Tronc’s New York Daily News Editorial Staff Slashed By Half: Sacked Editor Says “Journalism Being Choked Into Extinction”

The New York Daily News, the city’s scrappiest tabloid of the Trump Era, announced a huge round of layoffs today that will eliminate fully half of the Tronc-owned paper’s editorial staff. Among those handed their walking papers was Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich, who tweeted today, “If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you.” (See it, and other responses, below). Rich led the… Read