Fullscreen Lays Off 3 Percent of Staff in Focus on Original Programming

Courtesy of Fullscreen
Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos

"Our subscribers are most interested in our original programming, so that will be our primary focus going forward," Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos said in a statement.

Fullscreen is laying off about 3 percent of its staff as it focuses its video efforts on original programming. 

The positions affected are said to come primarily from Fullscreen's subscription video service, also called Fullscreen, and are primarily operational roles such as subscription acquisition, marketing and content operations.

"This was a difficult but necessary decision," Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos said in a statement. "Our subscribers are most interested in our original programming, so that will be our primary focus going forward. We are proud of what we're building and extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed thus far."

Fullscreen launched its stand-alone streaming app in 2016 with a mix of licensed and original programming geared toward a predominantly Gen Z audience. The $5-per-month offering included originals such as Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, starring Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, as well as seasons of older shows, like Dawson's Creek. It has also tried some ambitious projects, such as Bret Easton Ellis thriller The Deleted.

The app's upcoming slate features a mix of unscripted and scripted short-form series, including a time-travel show starring YouTuber Jay Versace, unscripted sports series Fox Tossing and apocalyptic series Alive in Denver

Six-year-old Fullscreen is majority owned by Otter Media, the joint venture of The Chernin Group and AT&T. 

VideoInk first reported the layoffs. 

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