Walt Disney Co.’s metaverse unit has reportedly been axed.
The entertainment giant has cut the approximately 50 individuals that worked in the division helmed by exec Mike White, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources "familiar with the situation." The outlet connected the move to the company-wide reorganization effort recently unveiled by CEO Bob Iger.
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The next-generation storytelling and consumer experiences group working on metaverse strategies for Disney reportedly dated back to Bob Chapek’s tenure as CEO. Early last year, he said the company had been seeking to "create an entirely new paradigm for how audiences experience and engage with our stories," according to the Journal.
Back in November, Iger re-assumed the role of Disney’s CEO, a mantle he had previously held for about fifteen years spanning 2005 to 2020.
FOX Business reached out to Disney for comment regarding the metaverse division.
The reorganization underway at Disney is, according to February remarks from Iger, seeking to "result in a more cost-effective, coordinated, and streamlined approach" to Disney and its operations. It involves trimming Disney’s workforce by about 7,000 workers total.
In connection to that, this week marks the layoffs of Disney employees starting. Iger told Disney employees in a company-wide message obtained by FOX Business that two other rounds of layoffs will follow the one commencing this week.
The next one will take place in April. The third, meanwhile, is coming "before the beginning of the summer," according to the memo.