Disney to lay off 7,000 workers, CEO Bob Iger says

(BURBANK, Calif.) — Disney is set to lay off 7,000 workers, CEO Bob Iger said on the company’s earnings call on Wednesday.

The company is targeting a total of $5.5 billion in cost savings, Iger said. In all, $3 billion in cuts will come from content, excluding sports, he added; while $2.5 billion will come from non-content cuts.

“This reorganization will result in a more cost-effective, coordinated and streamlined approach to our operations,” Iger said. “I do not make this decision lightly.

The layoffs amount to roughly 3% of the company’s 220,000 workers worldwide, according to a securities filing made in October.

The job cuts will coincide with a restructuring that will divide the company into three core businesses: Disney Entertainment, ESPN and Disney Parks, Iger said.

Shares of Disney rose nearly 8% in after-hours trading.

The layoffs arrive amid a string of layoffs in the media industry. Warner Bros. Discovery, Dotdash Meredith and Vox Media are among the companies that have slashed jobs in recent months.

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