May 25, 2012

Sesame Workshop lays off "approximately a dozen" staffers

Sesame Workshop, parent company of Sesame Street, has laid off around 12 people, the entertainment news website Deadline Hollywood is reporting.

"So far the big cuts have been in the Digital Media department," the site said.

The Workshop declined to answer specific questions on the layoffs from Current, but emailed this statement: "As a result of our FY13 strategic planning process, we have shifted some resources to better align with our strategic priorities and new opportunities. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the elimination of approximately a dozen positions."

Gary Knell, Workshop c.e.o. for almost 12 years, announced last fall that he would take the helm at NPR in January (Current, Oct. 17, 2011).

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