The big news last week was the announcement of 7,000 job cuts at The Walt Disney Company. Many are left wondering whether their place in the company is safe and what their job will look like following the restructure plan Bob Iger has set in place. Many executive positions have already been eliminated and staffing changes seem to be occurring on a daily basis.
The latest change in the never ending revolving door at Disney is Jeremy Doig. Doig was the chief technology officer of Walt Disney Co.’s streaming services and has left the company just days after layoffs were announced. He leaves the position after serving less than a year in the role. He began at Disney in March 2022 and said when be began,”I’m thrilled to be joining The Walt Disney Company at this crucial moment in the entertainment industry,” added Doig. “The proliferation of streaming services in the market has reached new peaks and there are so many opportunities for technology to push boundaries and create stunning new viewer experiences for Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Star+ subscribers. Disney’s powerful brands, content, and talent are unmatched and I’m excited to get to work straight away on this incredible adventure.”
He formerly worked for Google where he helped develop novel compression approaches for audio and video, streaming protocols for real-time and on-demand delivery, and spatial experiences. At Disney he helped fine tune the technology needed to “propel the next phase of technical innovation and growth for Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+,” according to Deadline.
It is unknown whether he is leaving by choice or if he was one of the 7,000 Iger mentioned when discussing layoffs. Bloomberg found an internal note stating that Doig would no longer be with the company. “I have been informed that effective immediately Jeremy Doig is no longer with the company,” Mike Hanley, the senior vice president for engineering in Disney’s streaming division, wrote in the memo. Neither Doig nor Disney responded to requests for comment.