The WB Lays Off Staffers

Dec 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The WB Network laid off about 20 employees Friday as part of the companywide downsizing of 400 staffers at the network’s majority owner, Warner Bros. Entertainment, sources said.

At least one or two of the layoffs were believed to be senior-level executives at the network. The WB employs about 280 people, so Friday’s layoffs represent about 7 percent of the network’s work force.

In an e-mail sent Friday afternoon, The WB Chairman Garth Ancier said the network was asked to do a “top-to-bottom analysis” that forced it to make “tough decisions.”

“The undertaking was painful and heartbreaking,” Mr. Ancier added.

The move follows the termination a few weeks ago of a handful of staffers working on The WB’s kids animation block.

In an effort to reduce costs, parent company Time Warner began layoffs in November, when about 250 employees at Warner Bros.’ Burbank lot were given pink slips. The Tribune Co., which owns about 22 percent of The WB, has been going through its own downsizing.