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NBC Universal Announces Layoffs at USA Network and SyFy

USA Network, whtich produces "Suits," starring Gabriel Macht, left, and Patrick J. Adams is facing layoffs, according to a memo obtained by TheWrap (Photo by USA Network Media LLC).

LOS ANGELES - NBCUniversal entertainment networks president Chris McCumber one Wednesday announced layoffs for staff members at both USA Network and Syfy, according to TheWrap.

The entertainment news site reported that less than 10 percent of the workforce at both networks will be impacted by move. “As we all know, this is a time of major change in our industry,” McCumber said in an internal memo that was obtained by TheWrap. “In order to continue to thrive in this current environment, we need to take every opportunity to look at our business in a completely fresh way.”

McCumber also outlined a new structure, that will give executives take on responsibilities for the two networks. Two new departments will be created under the plan by combining several others that include content strategy and original co-productions.

“Change is never easy, but it’s essential to meet not only the challenges of today, but those of the future,” McCumber wrote. “Fortunately, we are making these changes from a position of strength.”

Last Month, NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, which if approved by federal regulators later this year — the animation studio would become a part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which is made up of Universal Pictures, Fandango and NBCUniversal Brand Development.

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