Angry Netflix employees took to Twitter on Thursday after learning they had been fired at the streaming giant, home of hit shows like Inventing Anna, Squid Game and Bridgerton.
Although the exact number of layoffs was not immediately known, many of the employees were writers or editors working for Netflix’s Tudum division, launched in December.
“Well. I just got released from a major contract originally scheduled to run through August, so I’m looking for steady work…and rent. I need rent,” wrote one employee.
“Oh oh! Looks like I’ll have to do that tweet again. Anyone hiring? Netflix just fired my team (including my job). It’s been an incredible couple of months and I’m grateful for it, but I’m looking forward to whatever comes next. email is in bio” another tweeted.
The layoffs came from the Tudum division and included a mix of employees and contractors, according to a source with knowledge. An insider told the Post that more layoffs could be on the way and that non-core projects like queue, a magazine-like release about Netflix projects could be next on the chopping block.
A company spokeswoman declined to comment on the situation, but added: “Our fan website, Tudum, is an important priority for the company.”
Tudum, a nod to the sound that accompanies the Netflix logo when subscribers open the streaming site, was a division focused on news and stories about the service’s most popular shows and movies.
About 10-15 employees tweeted virtual “Help Wanted” signs after receiving their pink slips.
“I’ve just been fired from Netflix/Tudum, effective today.” tweeted Author Reina Sultan. “Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with opportunities so I can pay my rent and help my parents survive! A bunch of my incredible colleagues got fired too. You are incredibly fortunate to be working with one of them.”
The wave of departures comes after Netflix last week announced its first loss of subscribers since 2011. Netflix said it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter and expects to lose another 2 million in the second quarter.
To stem the bleeding, Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos said the company is likely to crack down on password sharing.
“Our relatively high household penetration — when you factor in the large number of households with joint accounts — combined with competition creates headwinds for revenue growth,” the men said in their letter to Netflix shareholders.
After the harsh report of the results, The Hollywood Reporter published a hot synopsis about the power struggle within the Los Gatos, California-based company, which also included unnamed Hollywood heavyweights who bemoaned the company’s lavish spending and its lack of quality control over content releases.
One creative who has worked with Netflix said of the streamer’s content strategy, “I wonder if, for example, a bonobo throwing shit at a whiteboard full of titles to decide what projects to do would have more or less success than any of these other ‘decision makers’ who think they know what people want or don’t want.”
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