Disney Television Executives Departing as Disney’s Second Round of Layoffs Begin

The next round of layoffs at The Walt Disney Company has begun, with a few more high-ranking executives leaving the company, according to Deadline.

What’s Happening:

  • The first day of this round of layoffs is mainly impacting ABC and Freeform’s senior programming ranks and Disney Television Studios’ music operations.
  • Respected development executive Julie Jarmon, in her second stint at Freeform as SVP development, is departing, with the network’s development and current consolidated under Jamila Hunter, EVP of original programming and development.
  • Also leaving Freeform is Alix Lee, director of development and programming.
  • Stacey Adams, ABC’s SVP, Current Programming, who has been leading the network’s drama current team, is departing.
  • Head of drama Brianna Bennett, who has been spearheading development, will now also take over current. Additionally, ABC head of comedy Erin Wehrenberg already has been handling both development and current.
  • 20th Television and ABC Signature’s music departments are being consolidated under 20th TV’s EVP and head of music Jeremy Summers. His counterpart, Dawn Solér, SVP music for ABC Signature and a 16.5-year veteran of the studio, is leaving as part of the layoffs.
  • In the first round of layoffs, Network and Platform production for scripted television across Disney Entertainment was consolidated under ABC Signature’s Carol Turner, and the studio’s IP acquisition department was dissolved.
  • Lastly, ABC Signature’s manager of drama development, Gabrielle Gold, has also been laid off.
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