As soon as the ink was dry on the deal between The Walt Disney Company and Fox to sell the movie and cable TV divisions to the House of Mouse, it was obvious that layoffs were going to be incoming. There would certainly be a lot of redundancy between the two companies that were in almost entirely the same business. We’ve already seen two rounds of not insignificant layoffs, and now a third has hit both sides of the new company.
While Disney has declined to comment on the layoffs, and so exactly how many jobs are being eliminated is unclear, this new round is reportedly smaller than either of the first two rounds of layoffs. The first occurred in March, not long after the merger was finalized, and primarily seemed to be focused on top level executives at Fox who were coming into a new company where their positions were already filled.
The second round took place in May. Those layoffs were reportedly focused on film distribution and marketing, which made sense considering they followed an update Disney release calen
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