3:25pm PT by Kate Stanhope
E! and Esquire Networks Hit With New Round of Layoffs
NBCUniversal's E! and Esquire networks were hit with a new round of layoffs Thursday.
Approximately 20 to 30 employees were let go, accounting for less than 7 percent of the company's workforce. The cuts hit E! Network's news, digital and marketing team as well as Esquire's marketing team.
Plans to integrate the E! and Esquire marketing teams, and separately the E! News and online teams, were announced back in February.
"We have made a small reduction in head count to maximize efficiencies in those areas as a result," said an E! spokesperson in a statement.
The network's executive vp news and digital John Najarian has led the charge to integrate E! News and its digital arm since February. As part of the move, Romina Rosado was also upped to senior vp content, news and digital; Gerald Abrahamian was bumped to senior vp product, technology and operation; Edward Zarcoff rose to senior vp digital programming and production and Bryce Kristensen was named vp social and interactive experiences.
Leigh Ann Gardner, senior vp print, online design, on-air design and special projects at E! and Esquire, and Tim Rosta, E!'s senior vp marketing and solutions, were among those affected in March.