WWE has made swingeing cuts to multiple departments within the company, laying off many staff in what has been reported as a restructuring of several departments.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that a number of divisions within the company were being merged and will now be directly overseen by Executive Vice President, Television Production Kevin Dunn. The WWE Studios, WWE Network, production, and digital divisions within the company were said to be hardest hit by this new round of layoffs.
Johnson also reported that one of the reasons for so many departures is that over the last year was the company has determined there were too many redundancies across multiple departments in those areas. He cites the example of the company having two graphics departments, one for digital and one for WWE TV production.
It was said that the Advanced Media Group within WWE has been all but decimated with this round of cuts. A WWE HR call followed with the remaining staff there and within the company’s digital division being told of the changes and that they now reported directly to Dunn. The WWE Executive Vice President of the Advanced Media Group, Jaylar Donlan, was among those fired after being with the company for 8 years.
At the executive level, there were more cuts with the Senior Vice President, Production Brian Pellegatto being let go after nine years with the company. He rose through the ranks after joining WWE from ESPN beginning his SVP role in 2019. Xavier Woods took to social media to thank Pellegatto for giving him a chance to shine in different avenues than the traditional ones.
– An unbooked me wouldnt have been able to hone my mic skills on the WWE app (second screen)
– I wouldnt have had a creative space to build chemistry with @WWEBigE & @TrueKofi
– I wouldnt have been able to create @UpUpDwnDwn
– I wouldnt have the life I have now
— Austin #Creed4G4 – Future King of The Ring (@AustinCreedWins) May 25, 2021
Adam Kirshner and James Wortman were among the names let go that confirmed the news on social media. Kirshner had been with the company for over 15 years and was most recently the company’s Manager of Media and Metadata. Wortman was the Content Director for WWE and had been with the company for 11 years.
WWE has also made changes internationally with Johnson reporting that many staffers in WWE’s international offices. In what is being seen as WWE President Nick Khan’s increasing power within the company WWE’s Executive Vice President of International, Jay Rosenstock was relieved of his duties with the company’s eight international regional managers now reporting directly to Khan.
These cuts came after it was announced that Raw announcer Adnan Virk was leaving the company after only six weeks. They also come just over a month after the company cut several wrestlers from their roster including Samoa Joe, Mickie James, and The IIconics.