- A new round of layoffs are due to hit WarnerMedia Entertainment’s marketing and international sales teams starting early next year, the company confirmed to Business Insider.
- The entertainment company disclosed the job cuts, which will affect more than two dozen non-union positions, in two New York State filings published in November.
- The layoffs are the latest to hit WarnerMedia since it was acquired by AT&T in 2018.
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AT&T’s WarnerMedia Entertainment — which includes HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros. — plans to cut more than two dozen marketing and international sales jobs in New York next year.
The entertainment company disclosed in two New York State filings published in November that it would eliminate 12 non-union jobs within two weeks of February 1, 2020, and another 15 jobs between February 12 and the end of the year. The filings were submitted by HBO.
The layoffs will hit WarnerMedia Entertainment’s marketing and international sales teams, to eliminate overlap as the departments are restructured, a WarnerMedia Entertainment spokesperson told Business Insider in a statement.
“It was recently announced internally that WarnerMedia Entertainment’s marketing and international sales teams are being restructured, resulting in some unfortunate job eliminations due to duplication and centralization of responsibilities,” the statement said. “Although these changes are common when groups are merged, it is always difficult to lose valued employees.”
The layoffs are the latest to hit WarnerMedia since it was acquired (under its previous name, Time Warner) by AT&T in 2018. The companies have not revealed how many jobs have been slashed because of the merger, but WarnerMedia has disclosed at least 50 job cuts in New York State filings this year.
Alexandra Steigrad at the New York Post reported in October that the number of cuts could be in the “high hundreds,” citing one insider.
The new cuts also come as WarnerMedia prepares to launch HBO Max, its streaming competitor to Netflix, in May 2020.
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