By Sahil Patel
Nancy Tellem and Jordan Levin will officially leave Microsoft and Xbox Entertainment Studios at the end of the week.
As part of a broader strategy to shed 18,000 employees and refocus on its core businesses, Microsoft announced earlier this year that it planned to shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, the division spearheading the development and production of original programming for the gaming console and home entertainment system.
Most of the executives and staffers were let go as part of an earlier round of layoffs. Those who stayed on board, including Tellem and Levin, have now been let go as part of this wave of layoffs, which eliminates 3,000 positions in total from the software giant.
The move runs contrary to earlier indications that Microsoft would allow the skeleton crew at XES to finish some projects that were in its development slate. (Most recently, Microsoft debuted the trailer for an upcoming “Halo” digital feature produced by Ridley Scott.) Since the July announcement that XES was doomed, Tellem and Levin have also released the rights to some projects back to the original creators.
But that seems to be it for XES and the duo at its helm. Both are free to pursue other opportunities.