Disney lays off 7000 employees, decline in streaming subscribers
The company had 190,000 employees globally as of October 2.

The world’s largest entertainment firm, Disney, announced Wednesday that it would be cutting off 7,000 workers. This is CEO Bob Iger’s first massive step since being called back to oversee the firm late last year.

The cutbacks occur due to similar measures undertaken by US tech powerhouses, which have already let go thousands of staff as the economy deteriorates and firms slow a recruitment surge that started at the epidemic’s peak.

“I do not make this decision lightly. I have enormous respect and appreciation for the talent and dedication of our employees worldwide,” Iger said on a call to analysts after Disney posted its latest quarterly earnings.

The company had 190,000 employees globally as of October 2 of that year, with 80 per cent working full-time, according to the company’s 2021 yearly report.

Entertainment giant Disney said Wednesday it was laying off 7,000 employees, as CEO Bob Iger announced a reorganisation of the company he returned to lead last year. ( Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

The famous firm formed by Walt Disney also revealed that consumers’ lower spending led its streaming platform to suffer its first-ever drop in subscriptions during the latest period.

Disney+, Netflix’s main streaming competitor, had a 1 per cent drop in members to 168.1 million on December 31 compared to three months previously.

Experts had generally anticipated the fall, and Disney’s stock price was 8 per cent higher in after-hours trade.

Disney’s lower-than-expected operational losses for its streaming services, which came in at $1 billion from October through December, reassured investors.

The Disney Group witnessed earnings for the three-month period of $23.5 billion, which was more significant than experts had predicted.

After almost two decades of managing the illustrious corporation, Iger backed down as CEO in 2020. He wanted to improve his capacity to control expenditures. His successor, Bob Chapek, was dismissed by the company’s board of directors, and Iger was returned.

Chapek was accused of consolidating authority within a handful few executives who controlled crucial content choices despite having little prior Hollywood expertise.

Iger’s term as CEO is experiencing significant challenges, such as a campaign by activist investor Nelson Petz, who is asking for significant cost-cutting after alleging that Disney overpaid to acquire the 20th Century Fox movie studio.

Disney is also engaged in a conflict with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who seeks to reclaim control of the region around Walt Disney World that has traditionally been under the firm’s authority.

The politically conservative DeSantis, rumoured to be a contender for the US presidency, is upset with Disney for criticising a state law forbidding teaching about sexual orientation in schools.

Disney+’s difficulties overlap with Netflix’s achievement after it survived its rocky patch and reported a substantial rise in new customers for the fourth period of 2017.

Netflix has started a drive to prevent password sharing between its hundreds of thousands of global users in an attempt to reduce costs.

As it proceeds to execute its new policy internationally, Netflix stated on Wednesday that it had started to crack down on password exchange in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain.