We've Got Hollywood Covered
|

Disney Theatrical Shutters Burbank Office, Lays Off 11

Company says re-org is part of a long-term plan and that “business is booming”

Disney Theatrical Group has shuttered its Los Angeles office, eliminating 11 jobs in what company officials described as a long-planned re-organization.

Producing stage shows for Broadway and global tours based on popular Disney properties like the "Lion King" (pictured right), headquartered in New York, and headed by Thomas Schumacher, the division says the layoffs represent less than 10 percent of its workforce.

"Business is booming," said spokesman Joe Quenqua. "We have 20 projects in various states of development."

Headed by Carol Nygren, the Burbank operations — which will be officially shuttered at the end of October — include 14 employees, two of which will be placed into other jobs at Disney.

One staffer, Jack Eldon, will be relocated to New York, and will oversee domestic distribution.

The Burbank group's primary task is to support operations for "Disney on Ice" and "Disney Live." These live-performance shows will continue to be produced by Feld Entertainment.

All management of these shows will now be handled out New York's consolidated operations, with Andrew Flatt overseeing marketing, Ron Kollen topping international distribution and Mario Iannetta managing finance and business.