Sesame Workshop, the non-profit producer behind children’s television show “Sesame Street,” will lay off about 30 employees, equaling 10 percent of its workforce, Deadline reported earlier this week.
The company’s CEO, H. Melvin Ming, cited the “challenges of today’s economic environments” in his statement regarding the layoffs. “After careful review, we have concluded that we must operate, and achieve our strategic priorities with fewer resources. Therefore, we have reluctantly determined that we must reduce our workforce by approximately 10%,” said Ming in a note sent to staff this week.
To cutback, Ming announced that Sesame Workshop will eliminate its Corporate Strategy and the Business Systems Programming groups, effective July 1st. The company will also meld its Global Education department into other divisions.
This round of workforce reductions comes a little over a year after a dozen Sesame Workshop employees were let go last may, Deadline noted.
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