Warner Bros. TV lays off 82 employees in unscripted and animation areas

Warner Bros. Television Group has laid off 82 employees in its unscripted and animation departments in another round of cuts at Warner Bros. Discovery.

As Variety reported, the chairman of Warner Bros. TV Group, Channing Dungey, sent a memo to employees on October 11 announcing the layoffs. The memo also explained that the company would choose not to fill 43 vacant positions, resulting in a total loss of 125 jobs. This represents 26% of the total workforce of Warner Bros. TV Group.

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This news came shortly after Warner Bros. TV Group, which acts as the production arm for The CW and DC Comics as well as the distribution arm for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and HBO, has elected to shut down Stage 13 and end Warner Bros. Television. Workshop. The layoffs include consolidations at Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and Hanna Barbera Studios will still exist, although Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios will merge their core development and production teams. According to reports, the Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and HBO Max output will remain the same.

“These are challenging times in the world at large and a tumultuous time in our industry,” Dungey wrote in the memo. “For this type of change to hit so close to home is incredibly difficult. But I hope these changes, made in view of a more focused business strategy, will strengthen and stabilize our business, maintain our great creative output and better position us for continued future success.”

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The announcement comes after reports that Warner Bros. Discovery was ready for another round of layoffs at the company. While it’s unclear exactly when the cuts will take place, insiders have reported that the layoffs will begin in October. “Everyone has been given financial goals for the fourth quarter… Those goals include the number of people, and October has always been the wait for the ax to fall,” an insider said.

The merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery in April resulted in several changes to the company, including layoffs, the removal of Warner Bros. of the streaming service and the cancellation of upcoming HBO Max exclusives like bat girl. However, the chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav has revealed plans to expand HBO Max’s content library as a whole, with a focus on increasing “content” and overall “quality.” It was also reported that the streaming service’s recent content purge has saved the company “tens of millions of dollars”.

HBO and HBO Max lost 70 employees, totaling 14% of their staff, in a wave of layoffs in August, including high-level executives. Other reports suggest the downsizing and restructuring are part of Zaslav’s effort to save $3 billion after the company’s net loss of $3.4 billion in the merger.

Source: Variety

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