There are dark days ahead for the studio behind The Dark Knight. Warner Bros. (s TWX) announced today that it would be cutting 800 jobs or 10 percent of its worldwide staff. Despite a boffo box office last year, the studio is blaming the global economic downturn for the reductions.
Nikke Finke over at Deadline Hollywood reports that the impending 800 breaks down as follows: “200 open positions around the world; 300 outsourced (with a third being offered employment opportunities with Capgemini and continue to be based in Burbank), and 300 lay-offs.” Finke also has a copy of the full memo sent out to the company.
The cuts are coming over the next few weeks, so we don’t have any more specifics or insights into how this will impact the digital businesses like Warner 2.0 and Warner Premiere yet, but the cuts are companywide, so its a good bet every division is fair game.