As part of its long-anticipated restructuring and reallocation of resources at the Walt Disney Company’s non-sports broadcast and cable television arm, Disney/ABC Television Group has begun laying off employees.
It is heard that the company has begun notifying affected employees last Thursday morning. The volume of employees impacted is said to be significantly lower than the 10% workforce cut that had been speculated when news broke of the layoff plan six weeks ago.
Cuts are impacting all the group’s entertainment units, including ABC Entertainment ABC Studios, Disney Channel, DisneyXD, Disney Junior, and Freeform but the impact is expected to be minimal on production and programming.
The move is a part of a cost-cutting measure, in part a reallocation of resources as the company shifts toward newer forms of content distribution and greater automation in some operational areas.
The good news is that the company is expected to be posting job opening for several new positions in the weeks ahead.