Netflix has assembled an impressive roster of writers and editors for its fansite project, Tudum, which launched in early December 2021. Today, a significant portion of these new hires have been laid off for unknown reasons.
A swath the side former employees announced their departures on Twitter today, with former vice culture writer Josh Terry claiming to have “fired my team,” suggesting the cuts could be drastic. Netflix claims there are no plans to mothball the site. It declined to comment on the number of workers affected, but confirmed that some employees and contractors had been laid off. The Hollywood Report places his estimate at least 10 people.
All a Netflix spokesperson officially told Engadget was that “our fan site, Tudum, is a key priority for the company.”
Tudum was billed by Netflix at launch as “a backstage pass that takes you deeper into the Netflix movies, series and stars you love” — essentially an attempt to create a media company based on the support the original content of the streaming platform. It’s not currently clear what kind of personnel or strategic change prompted this round of layoffs, who remains on site, or if the newly separated writers and editors were notified in advance.
The job cuts come not long after Netflix announced during its quarterly earnings report that it had lost subscribers (about 200,000 of them) for the first time in a decade. What followed was a swift and brutal market backlash that sent the streaming service’s share price down 25 percent. So far, plans to turn the ship have been limited to preventing customers from sharing login credentials and pondering the idea of a cheaper ad-supported subscription tier.
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