Another round of layoffs at Netflix has impacted 30 Netflix Animation employees. The news was first reported by Deadline, and Netflix confirmed to slashbeats that the department is being downsized.
Netflix hired Karen Toliver as vice president of Animation Film Content and Traci Balthazor as vice president of Animation Film Production earlier this year. According to the company, the idea is to downsize so that the animation film production arm is better organized under a central leader — Balthazor — as it is with other major animation film studios.
Netflix Animation hopes that with a smaller staff, it will be able to produce even more high-quality films. Many Academy Award-nominated animated titles are available on the service, including “Robin, Robin,” “Klaus,” “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” “I Lost My Body,” and “Over the Moon.” “Back to the Outback,” “The Willoughbys,” “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood,” “The Sea Beast,” and other films are also on the schedule.
The streaming service laid off over 450 employees over the summer in a major workforce reduction. This was due primarily to slow revenue growth.
Slashbeats reported in May that changes to animated projects could affect up to 70 employees in the netflix animation division.
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Netflix has had a string of bad luck, as the streaming service lost 970,000 subscribers in July, adding to the 200,000 lost in April.