Layoffs are taking place at two cable channels, according to a new report. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the NBCUniversal networks USA and Syfy are cutting their workforces.
“The headcount reduction, which I hear affects less than 10% of the employees at the two networks, or about 25 people, stems from the February executive restructuring in NBCU’s cable division, which led to the consolidation of USA and Syfy into the Entertainment Networks Group under Chris McCumber,” Andreeva reports.
The moves follow similar cutbacks at E! and Esquire after NBCU consolidated its lifestyle cable networks and merged the two networks’ marketing operations, the report notes. Andreeva adds: “I hear contributing to the staff reduction to a smaller degree is the recent consolidation of the scripted operations of USA, Syfy, Bravo and E! under Bill McGoldrick.”
McCumber detailed the moves in a memo to staff, which announced the creation of two new departments: Content Strategy, whose head is yet to be named, and Original Co-Productions, to be overseen by Chris Regina, senior VP of Original Co-Productions.