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Layoffs have begun in Disney’s television divisions.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Monday’s layoffs focused
production and acquisitions. Among the notable staffers let go Monday are
Jayne Bieber, senior vp production at Freeform/Onyx Collective; Mark
Levenstein, head of production and postproduction at Hulu; and Elizabeth
Newman, head of Disney’s acquisitions department.
Sources note Newman’s entire acquisitions team has been dissolved, while
Bieber and Levenstein’s production teams will be folded under Carol
Turner, exec vp production at ABC Signature. That team will continue to
report to Eric Schrier, whom Dana Walden promoted late last year to
president of Disney Television Studios and business operations at Disney
Details on the size of Monday’s layoffs or what percentage of Disney’s
workforce were impacted were not immediately available as additional TV
side layoffs are expected to come by week’s end, with the largest round
coming in April.
As Disney CEO Bob Iger warned Monday, layoffs would be starting this week
as part of a round of cuts that would eliminate a total of 7,000 staffers.
In February, Iger said that Disney will trim 7,000 jobs as part of a
streamlined restructuring that will focus on three divisions: Disney
Entertainment, ESPN and Parks, Experiences and Products. The cuts, he
said, are “necessary for creating a more effective, coordinated and
streamlined approach to our business,” Iger wrote in an internal memo
Monday, adding that senior leaders have been evaluating their operational
needs since he announced the cuts. The third and final round of layoffs
are expected to come before the start of the summer, Iger said.
The staff cuts are part of a larger plan to create $5.5 billion in cost
savings at the company and come as other conglomerates are similarly
reducing their workforce in a bid to streamline staff and right-size their
ranks as a recession looms.
Monday’s moves eliminate siloed production divisions and consolidate that
department into one unit covering all of the TV side while also
eliminating a separate acquisitions unit.
Iger returned to the CEO role in a stunning move in November after
Disney’s board ousted his previous replacement, Bob Chapek, after only two
and a half years in the role. Iger’s first action item since returning to
the Mouse House was to oust Chapek’s top lieutenant, Kareem Daniel. As
part of Chapek’s Disney restructuring, he tapped Daniel to lead the newly
created the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution division. The unit
frustrated creative executives as Daniel had control of all of Disney’s
non-parks revenue as he controlled the purse strings on spending for TV
After pushing out Daniel, Iger folded DMED and restructured to give
financial oversight back to creatives and tapped Walden and Alan Bergman
to oversee Disney Entertainment, with Jimmy Pitaro continuing to lead
ESPN, and Josh D’Amaro running the parks and products division.
For her part, Bieber had been with Disney since 2009, starting as a
producer at Disney Channel before rising through the ranks at ABC in the
production and operations department. She served as VP of the department
for more than a decade and earned her senior vp stripes in 2018 when she
added Freeform to her purview.
Levenstein, meanwhile, had been with Hulu as head of production and
postproduction since mid-2019.
Newman moved from the TV lit and media rights side at CAA to vp
development at Disney in late 2019. She was named head of creative
acquisitions in early 2021 when former Disney studio chief Craig Hunegs
formed the creative acquisitions department that now reports to former FX