The heartbreaking announcement made by Cartoon Network marks the end of an era for ‘90s kids
This week, Warner Bros. Television Group chairman Channing Dungey announced extensive layoffs in a company-wide memo as part of the latest budget-cutting
initiatives by Warner Bros. Discovery, in an effort to further reduce programming expenses by $3 billion.The hidden lede in all of this is not good news for Cartoon Network,
which has been running as its own business since 1992, and it didn't take long for animation aficionados to recognize that.
Variety reports that the business has also decided not to fill 43 additional open positions, bringing the total number of unfilled positions to 125,
or around 26% of the roughly 481 employees removed.Sam Register, the head of Warner Bros. Animation, would continue to oversee Warner Bros.
Animation, Cartoon Network Studios, and Hanna-Barbera Studios as part of the restructuring, it was stated.
While those three divisions will still exist, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios' development and major production teams will now combine.
Consequently, Cartoon Network Studios will no longer have a free voice in creative or business decisions for the first time in 30 years.
This is definitely cause for concern, even though it's unclear what will actually happen with Cartoon Network programming in the future.