Layoffs Reported At Machinima

The YouTube network Machinima seems to have laid off at least some of their staff. Details are still pouring in, and we'll update this post as we hear more, but we've seen reports on Twitter about layoffs at the large video network.

Update: A Machinima rep sent over the following statement:

Today Machinima underwent a reorganization to address its global growth, and this process unfortunately resulted in layoffs. Less than 10% of Machinima's workforce was effected. Also as part of the restructure Machinima is hiring across key divisions including Sales, Marketing and Product.

Editorial manager Billy Shibley tweeted today that he had been laid off, along with other people there:

And Machinima's Justin Fassino also said he was no longer with the company. He said his computer had been taken away:

Machinima was recently ranked #13 on Deadline's YouTube rankings, with 1,414,432 weekly views. We'll continue to update as we hear more about what's going on over there.

Update: Machinima editor-in-chief Rob Smith told Joystiq that 23 of the company's 200 staff were laid off today. He also mentioned that 15 job openings are up for grabs.

This is growing pains. Machinima has grown a lot in a short amount of time. We had to look at the business, look at where we're focusing. It has hit the editorial group, but we are still doing editorial coverage in a slightly different way.


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