Wasn’t This Only Supposed to Happen in a Romney Presidency?
And the bullshit that was the “Big Bird dies!” storyline from 2012 continues to highlight what a bunch of crap it truly was. But hey, it fooled a ton of low-information voters didn’t it?
Once again Sesame Workshop is handing out pink slips. Around 30 employees at the producers of Sesame Street were let go today. This comes just more than a year after a dozen employees were shown the door at the non-profit last May. “We at Sesame Workshop are not immune to the challenges of today’s economic environment. After careful review, we have concluded that we must operate, and achieve our strategic priorities with fewer resources. Therefore, we have reluctantly determined that we must reduce our workforce by approximately 10%,” said CEO H. Melvin Ming in a note sent to staff this afternoon. Among those who have been let go are former Newsweek Inc CEO and Nickelodeon executive Tom Ascheim, who joined the company in March 2012 as EVP of the Sesame Learning program. Sesame Learning will be absorbed into other divisions of the company, Ming said today. The CEO also announced that the Corporate Strategy and the Business Systems Programming groups will be dissolved as of July 1st. Sesame Workshop’s Global Education department will also be melded into other units.
From the sound of this release, it would be safe to say that Sesame Workshop’s merchandise business has taken it on the chin in the lax economy. It is the 800 lbs. gorilla in the company and if parents aren’t buying the “Tickle-Me-Elmos” and “See-and Say Big Birds” (if such a toy even exists) in the numbers they once did, as simple as that.
As for any federal funding, no money has been cut from public broadcasting this year, or ever. In fact, it likely increased. Back in the 90s, it was $100 million. Last year, it was $430 million.