Disney, Fox Film Division Hit With Third Round of Layoffs

Latest round of cuts is the smallest since Fox acquisition, with a few dozen employees affected

Last Updated: June 20, 2019 @ 5:23 PM

Disney continued to make cuts across the studio’s film division on Wednesday, following its acquisition of Fox’s film and TV entertainment assets.

A few dozen employees were affected, according to an individual with knowledge of the layoffs.

This most recent round of layoffs is the smallest so far after Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox, but details of which departments within the studio’s film arm were hit were unclear.

In May, Fox’s corporate communications team was among the departments hit in the second round of layoffs on the film side.

The Mouse House began layoffs in March by letting go of senior-level staff and executives at Fox in what is expected to amount to more than 4,000 jobs being eliminated as part of its Fox integration. The first set of cuts hit both the TV and film studios and created a sense of unease and uncertainty on the Fox studio lot.

Disney leadership has said it plans to have roughly $2 billion in cost-saving as job cuts continue to eliminate overlapping business functions.

Disney has already set its leadership team in place, naming senior Fox veterans Peter Rice and Dana Walden to leadership roles post-takeover.

Dana Walden serves as chairman of ABC Entertainment and the newly named Disney Television Studios, which encompasses ABC Studios, ABC Signature, 20th Century Fox TV and Fox 21. John Landgraf and Gary E. Knell, who serve as the chairs of FX and Nat Geo Partners, respectively, will report to Rice, who is chairman of Walt Disney Studios and co-chair of Disney Media Networks. Warner Bros. veteran Craig Hunegs was hired to run the newly-combined Disney Television Studios.

On the film side, Emma Watts, as well as several other Fox film executives, have made the move to Disney’s studio entertainment management team. Watts, now serving as vice chairman for 20th Century Fox Film and president of production at Fox, reports directly to co-studio heads Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula were also brought over as co-chairs for Fox Searchlight reporting to Horn and Bergman.

Variety first reported the news of the layoffs.

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