A multiplatform TV channel that is a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Univision has laid off 30 full-time employees and is revamping its television lineup. The Miami Herald reports that the moves are taking place at the Florida-based cable and satellite channel Fusion.
The moves follow up on a shift in Fusion’s programming priorities that was unveiled about a month ago.
“In a memo sent to staff on Sept. 10, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee announced ‘we have recently spent time examining our TV operations and programming strategy’ and settled on three priorities for 2016: the presidential election, investigative specials and topical comedy,” the paper reports. “In the works are 12 new enterprise projects and an eight-hour miniseries about the global black market, tentatively titled ‘Traffic.'”
Lee warned of the coming layoffs in the email, writing: “Ultimately these changes mean we’ll be saying goodbye to some of our colleagues.”
The Herald reports that Fusion has canceled “Come Here and Say That,” a pop culture program hosted by Alicia Menendez. Menendez will reportedly stay on at the network, covering the election and immigration issues.
Also canceled is the weekday sports show “Soccer Gods,” hosted by Simon Carr and Nando Vila, which will continue as a podcast and online program. Still undecided is the fate of “The Cannabusiness Report with Ryan Nerz,” which recently wrapped up its second season.