Disney-ABC TV Begins Layoffs, Restructuring – Variety

The layoffs have begun at Disney/ABC Television Group. Announced some months ago, the percentage of cuts is lower than the industry forecasted.

Most of the cuts took place in the operational sector and with smaller part affecting production and programming.

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Disney/ABC Television Group has begun laying off employees, part of a long-anticipated restructuring and reallocation of resources at the Walt Disney Company’s non-sports broadcast and cable television arm.

Source: Disney-ABC TV Begins Layoffs, Restructuring – Variety

Opinion – Simran Sethi leaving Disney’s Freeform for Netflix 

While some may not see the importance of a Senior Vice President of Scripted Development being poached by Netflix, one being snagged from Disney’s Freeform, however, is something of note.

Disney is in the process of removing some of their content from Netflix; as they look into developing their own digital streaming service.

Netflix then pens a deal with Shonda Rhimes and Shondaland; which has been producing shows for Disney via ABC for the last few years.

Netflix is bringing in another experienced programming executive from traditional media

Source: Freeform’s Simran Sethi Heads To Netflix | Deadline

What this all comes down to is small shows of strength. With every hire and poached employee, every broken deal, this may be only the beginning of more moves.