ET Online and ET Live Teams Merge, Resulting in Layoffs

Website and digital network are companions to TV’s “Entertainment Tonight”

Last Updated: December 10, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

The teams at website ET Online and digital network ET Live have merged, resulting in layoffs across those “Entertainment Tonight”-adjacent brands.

“We have integrated the ET Online and ET Live teams to create one content group that will support and drive the ET brand across all digital platforms,” a CBS Television Distribution spokeswoman said in a statement. “As a result, some positions were reduced.”

Only those specific platforms were affected, two people with knowledge of the staff cuts tells TheWrap. No one from television series “Entertainment Tonight” lost their jobs today.

CBS Television Distribution declined to provide a specific headcount on the reductions or any additional details, but one of the individuals described the cuts as a “small number” of the total employees in the “ET” digital arm.

Launched last fall, “ET Live” was billed as a digital extension of the “Entertainment Tonight” broadcast, with 24/7 programming drawing on the program’s “credibility, authority and access” to deliver stories covering “breaking news, celebrity interviews, features, behind-the-scenes and red carpet coverage.”

Variety first reported the news of the reorganization.

Reid Nakamura contributed to this story.

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