Earlier this year, ESPN went through a unexpected series of layoffs, in the end shedding somewhere close to 400 people. It was done, ESPN folks were told, as a critical cost-cutting measure in the run-up to the launch of Fox Sports 1 and with higher fees looming for Monday Night Football and baseball rights.
It's a nearly annual question in Bristol: Can we finally cancel the ESPYs?
ESPN may have grown into an unbeatable Goliath, as its executives spent the year telling any reporter who'd stand still long enough, but maybe the stretch marks are beginning to show. ESPN laid off hundreds two months ago, and in August it will face new competition in the form of Fox Sports 1, a network that has…
Want to know what a vice president of production makes at ESPN? We can give you a pretty good idea. An ESPN source sent us the company's pay-grade charts.
Information was sacred to Howie Schwab, the longtime researcher and producer who was laid off by ESPN on Wednesday. "Not knowledge," as the critic Lee Siegel once clarified. "Information." Siegel was writing about Stump the Schwab, the game show that made Schwab an unlikely half-celebrity, but it'll work here as an…
The first-ever hire at ESPN The Magazine, Gary Hoenig, has been laid off, three sources tell me. Hoenig was the executive editor at the magazine in 1998, and was promoted to editor-in-chief in 2003. He's been the GM and editorial director of ESPN's publishing division for the last five years. Hoenig is the biggest…
Round 2 of the ESPN bloodletting began today, and a source tells us that Howie Schwab—remember Stump the Schwab?—was among those let go.
ESPN is yanking the cord on ESPN 3D. It'll shut down by the end of the year. A couple of ESPNers will lose their jobs due to the move.
Layoffs are coming to ESPN's production unit this week, according to several sources. A tipster told me this morning that "tension is at an all time high in production operations," and the cuts will begin tomorrow.
Below is a memo from ESPN president John Skipper, sent companywide just before the Memorial Day weekend and forwarded to us by a Bristol tipster. "This is the only communication we've received from upper management this week that mentions the layoffs," our tipster writes. Happy Memorial Day!
One ESPN source put it this way: ESPN "hacked" hundreds of jobs and will replace those laid off "with younger, cheaper, less experienced people."
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ESPN's Dancing with the Stars correspondent Lynn Hoppes—a man who drooled over swag, recruited a scam artist, plagiarized Wikipedia, and stole my girlfriend—has been laid off, three sources have confirmed. ESPN is also shutting down Playbook, Hoppes's home for the past year. An ESPN spokesman declined to comment.
A recently laid-off ESPN source gave us more details about the ESPN job cuts, the first significant staff reduction in four years. First off, it appears these layoffs will stretch over several weeks. There will be more technology and creative services layoffs today. Layoffs in production are coming in a few weeks;…
ESPN is laying off a portion of its staff today, a network spokesman confirms to us. How many? ESPN won't say. A tipster told us earlier today that it would be more than 400 staffers. A source at ESPN said that number is a little high, but it appears to be in the hundreds.