The cuts are beginning…
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Turner Broadcasting layoffs hit CNN’s Los Angeles bureau on Tuesday, cutting the entire entertainment unit in the process.
The unit — which underwent massive layoffs in November 2013 – is now being disbanded, several individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. So far, a senior entertainment producer and an entertainment producer in L.A. were let go. The producer who runs CNN entertainment in New York City is also out.
When asked to comment, a CNN spokesperson would only tell TheWrap, “The changes this week are difficult yet necessary. Out of respect for our colleagues directly impacted, we won’t be commenting on specific people or programs.”
Last Wednesday, the cuts began in Atlanta, where layoffs took place at the CNN Center in Atlanta and the Turner Broadcasting Techwood Campus. In that round of layoffs, most of the affected employees were believed to be from the Sales Departments at CNN and HLN, as well as some workers from TNT.
As reported earlier, Turner plans to lay off 1,475 employees over the next two weeks – a 10 percent reduction in staff. Approximately 900 employees from all of Turner in Atlanta will be let go, while CNN Worldwide will lose a total of 170.
Severance pay will be offered to the employees, who will come from 18 global locations. The job cuts will come from all levels across the company’s news, entertainment, kids, young adult and sports networks and business, as well as corporate functions, the company said in a Monday press release.
The job cuts followed voluntary buyouts that were offered to 550 employees division-wide in August. As TheWrap previously reported, if not enough staffers accepted the voluntary buyouts, layoffs were to follow.