June 7, 2023

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20th Digital Studio Folding, D23 Team Downsized – Deadline

As we begin the third day of Disney’s second round of layoffs, here’s a rundown on some of the cuts that occurred on Tuesday but got lost in the wave of employee cuts. We’ll update more as news of the layoffs arrive throughout the day.

Digital Content Division 20th Digital Studio led by EVP David Worthen Brooks, it is resolved. Brooks will move to a first-sight deal with Hulu, the master distributor of 20th Digital, as an independent producer.

Founded in 2008 as Fox Digital Studio and acquired by Disney as part of a $71.3 billion 2019 deal for Fox’s major assets, 20th Digital Studio, most recently part of Disney General Entertainment Content, develops, finances and produces branded shorts. and digital content from emerging filmmakers.

It is known about Bite-sized Halloween shorts, which the unit signed a deal with Hulu last year to turn into nine horror features.

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It was also hit by the layoffs of D23, the official Walt Disney Company fan club. Founded in 2009, the organization is mostly known for its biennial D23 Expo fan conference, with the next scheduled for September.

The size of the cuts is in the double digits, with some sources indicating that as many as a quarter of staff or more have been affected amid speculation the division could be restructured.

Also leaving as part of layoffs is Jerrell Jimerson, Chief Product Officer, Disney Streaming, Disney+, Star+ and Hulu. He has been at Disney since 2018, was involved in the launch of Disney+, and prior to that was Chief Product Officer at BAMTech, which was acquired by Disney.

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The second round of Disney layoffs has so far affected a number of its TV and movie divisions, including ABC, Freeform, ABC Signature, 20th Television, Disney+, Disney Branded Entertainment, Hulu, Disney TV Animation, Walt Disney Television Alternative and Searchlight, with Disney • TV studio marketing and first promotion among disbanded units and consolidation of a number of regions.