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Disney to cut 7,000 jobs and slash $5.5 billion in costs as it unveils vast restructuring


Disney said Wednesday it is planning to reorganize into three segments, while also cutting thousands of jobs and slashing costs.The media and entertainment giant said it would now be made up of three divisions:Disney Entertainment, which includes most of its streaming and media operationsAn ESPN division that includes the TV network and the ESPN+ streaming serviceA Parks, Experiences and Products unit The move marks the most significant action Bob Iger has taken since returning to the company as CEO in November. Disney announced the changes minutes after it posted its most recent quarterly earnings. The announcements also come as Disney engages in a proxy fight with activist investor Nelson Peltz and his firm Trian Management.”We are pleased that Disney is listening,” a Trian spokesperson said Wednesday.On Wednesday, during its quarterly earnings call with investors, Disney also announced it would be cutting $5.5 billion in costs, which will be made up of $3 billion from content, excluding sports, and the remaining $2.5 billion from non-content cuts. Disney executives said about $1 billion in cost cutting was already underway since last quarter.Disney also said it would be eliminating 7,000 jobs from its workforce. That would be about 3% of the roughly 220,000 people it employed as of Oct. 1, according to an SEC filing, with roughly 166,000 in the U.S. and about 54,000 internationally.Disney’s stock rose about 5% in off-hours trading. Media companies, such as Warner Bros. Discovery, have been pulling back on cont …

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