20. Digital Studio Folding, D23 Team Reduced – Deadline
As we begin Day 3 of Disney’s second round of layoffs, here’s information on a pair of cuts that happened Tuesday, but got lost in the crowd of downsizing. We will update with more as news of layoffs comes in during the day.
Digital content division 20th Digital Studio, led by EVP David Worthen Brooks, has been disbanded. Brooks will transition to a first-look deal with Hulu, 20th Digital’s main distributor, as an independent producer.
Founded in 2008 as Fox Digital Studio and acquired by Disney as part of the 2019 $71.3 billion deal for key Fox assets, 20th Digital Studio, most recently part of Disney General Entertainment Content, developed, financed and produced short form , brand and digital genre. content from new filmmakers.
It is known for Bite Size Halloween shorts, which the entity signed a deal with Hulu last year to turn into nine horror features.
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Also affected by layoffs was D23, the official fan club for the Walt Disney Co. Founded in 2009, the organization is best known for the biannual D23 Expo fan confab, with the next one scheduled for September.
The size of the cuts is in the double digits, with some sources indicating that as much as a quarter of employees or more were affected amid speculation that the division may be restructured.
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The second round of Disney layoffs so far has affected a number of TV and film divisions, including ABC, Freeform, ABC Signature, 20th Television, Disney+, Disney Branded Entertainment, Hulu, Disney TV Animation, Walt Disney Television Alternative and Searchlight, with Disney Television Studios’ marketing and first-run syndication among the entities is being dissolved and a number of areas are being consolidated.