For Univision Communications, 2016 has been all about addition: Acquisitions, investments, new initiatives. But now there’s some subtraction on the way, and it comes as a bit of a shock. The company confirmed that it will lay off between 200 and 250 employees, many of them from the millennial-oriented cable net and digital media company Fusion. In an interview with the Washington Post (the first news outlet to report on the layoffs), Univision exec Isaac Lee said that business and editorial employees across Univision would be included in the layoffs. Notably, Lee told the Post that no employees of Gizmodo Media Group, the network of former Gawker Media sites that Univision acquired over the summer, would be among the layoffs. With the layoffs also comes some restructuring: Fusion.net and TheRoot.com will join Gizomodo Media Group, and Fusion’s Real Future vertical will become a part of Gizmodo.com. “Constantly adjusting our scale and our processes is a reality of the business we are all in, and is not unique to us,” Lee wrote to employees in an internal memo.
The Stand, CBS All Access’ television adaptation of the storied 1978 Stephen King novel, will debut December 17. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo and Amber Heard, the limited series unfolds around King’s apocalyptic struggle between good and evil after a plague destroys most of the country. Ben Cavell serves […]
Get ready cats and kittens. Joe Exotic (working title), UCP’s limited series starring and exec-produced by Kate McKinnon, scored a straight-to-series order by both the NBCU television and streaming divisions. In an unprecedented move, project will roll out across broadcast net NBC, streamer Peacock, and a basic cable net USA. Series is based on the […]
Dennis Quaid is the cat’s meow. He’s partnering with ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures for unscripted TV project Saving Dennis Quaid, which he’ll star in and exec produce. Project documents the animal lover’s recent headline-making pet rescue where he and partner Jimmy Jellinek set out on a mission to adopt a 6-year-old black cat from Lynchburg, […]
Big news at Turner Sports, as the company lands a multiyear extension of its partnership with Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq’s expanded role gains the Basketball Hall of Famer more airtime, including on TNT’s Inside the NBA and NBA on TNT, as well as contributions to NBA.com. He also will develop projects throughout the WarnerMedia portfolio including […]
The 74th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will go on, presented digitally sometime in the fall. Date and platform are TBA. The event had originally been scheduled for June 7, but was replaced by plans for a streaming special on the same date due to COVID-19. That special was postponed amid unrest over the George Floyd […]