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Disney Cuts 4,000 More Jobs, Blaming Virus Hit to Theme Parks

(Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co. announced another 4,000 job cuts after virus lockdowns forced the closing of its theme parks.



a large brick building: ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Shuttered ticket windows stand outside the Disneyland theme park on September 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Disney is laying off 28,000 workers amid the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on theme parks. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Shuttered ticket windows stand outside the Disneyland theme park on September 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Disney is laying off 28,000 workers amid the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on theme parks. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

It takes the number of layoffs in the first half of fiscal 2021, mostly at Disney’s parks, experiences and products divisions, to 32,000 — more than 1/10 of its total workforce. The company’s parks in California remain closed due to a standoff with the state over lockdown measures.

Results earlier this month revealed how the coronavirus pandemic has hammered Disney’s traditional businesses like studios, parks and cruises while accelerating a pivot to streaming. The theme parks showed a loss of $1.1 billion in quarterly results this month, made up for by surging growth in its on-demand video platform Disney+, which smashed subscriber number estimates.

Disney to Cut 28,000 Jobs in One of Biggest Layoffs of Covid Era

Video: ITEC Entertainment CEO Bill Coan on Disney earnings, layoffs and the continued closure of its California theme park (CNBC)

ITEC Entertainment CEO Bill Coan on Disney earnings, layoffs and the continued closure of its California theme park

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Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek, who took over from long-time chief Bob Iger in February, shook up the company’s management structure last month to further emphasize streaming. With movie theaters still closed, Disney released its remake of “Mulan” on Disney+.

Disney shares are up 3.1% this year through Wednesday’s close.

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