Monday, February 03, 2014


Now with Add On.

Not in our immediate baliwick, but in the neighborhead:

Disney's Interactive Media unit to lay off several hundred, according to sources ...

If true, this wouldn't be the first time that Disney Interactive has suffered through a major bloodletting. Every couple of years, it seems, their ambitions overreach reality and some exec decides that all the hiring over the previous twenty-seven months was "too much, too soon."

And the layoffs happen.

It's crappy, and every once in a while we get involved when staffers reach out to us for help, but this is an old pattern for this division at Diz Co. Sad.

Add On: A litte more info about the layoffs.

Walt Disney Co.'s interactive-media unit is preparing to lay off several hundred people despite a strong launch for its videogame "Infinity," according to people close to the company.

The cuts at Disney Interactive, which has undergone multiple rounds of layoffs in recent years as it struggled to reach profitability, are expected to begin after the media giant releases its quarterly financial results Wednesday, these people said. Disney Interactive has about 3,000 employees.

The planned layoffs follow a recent internal announcement by Disney Interactive President Jimmy Pitaro that he would reorganize the group and shuffle several members of his senior executive team.

Mr. Pitaro took sole control of Disney Interactive in November after his former co-president, John Pleasants, was pushed out.

Among the operations expected to be hit by the layoffs is the struggling Playdom social-gaming business, which Mr. Pleasants led before Disney acquired the company in 2010 for $563 million.


Alex Dudley said...

I guess Disney Infinity isn't doing as well as they had hoped.

Steve Hulett said...

Diz Co. has not had a happy experience with on-line games. Or games on little silver disks, for that matter.

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