As noted, WWE’s production and digital divisions have been hit hard today by departures. Several divisions were “merged” and longtime WWE employee Kevin Dunn, who is the executive vice president of TV production, is set to oversee those divisions in the future. It has been noted that one of the reasons for so many cuts is that WWE has determined that there are too many layoffs in multiple departments. For example, there were two graphics departments – one for WWE TV production and one for digital. These departments can be easily merged into one, meaning WWE can do this job with a small group of employees.
We previously noted that former WWE Advanced Media Group executive vice president Jaylar Donlan was fired today after more than 8 years in the company, while Brian Pellegatto, who worked as vice president principal of production, was laid off after just under 9 years with WWE.
In an update, Wrestlenomics reports that Jay Rosenstock was also fired after working as Executive Vice President of International. He had been in WWE since October 2019, according to his LinkedIn. Makham Nolan, who worked as vice president of media operations, was also fired. He had been in WWE since April 2019, according to LinkedIn.
Longtime WWE employee James Wortman was also fired today. He had been with the company since May 2010, most recently as Director of Content. Wortman took to Twitter and commented on his departure this afternoon.
“It’s not something I expected to say today or any day, but I’m not in WWE after 11 years,” he wrote. “Thank you to all the friends I made during this time and to the talented people I have had the pleasure of working with. It’s not a farewell, it’s ‘see you soon’.
WWE has an all-employee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, and it’s likely that today’s layoffs will be addressed at that time.
The Wrestlenomics report notes that the WWE TV Department and the Advanced Media Group are merging, which is believed to be the end result of a fight between the two departments. Television was run by Dunn, while Donlan ran Advanced Media Group.
It was noted earlier, via PWInsider, that today’s departures are also a ripple effect of the company operating under the COVID-19 pandemic, and seeing that it can cope with a much larger number. limited number of employees at all levels. A source noted that throughout WWE history, they have shown that they can ‘cut to the bone’ if necessary, and still get things done. This is another example of it.
Former WWE on-air talent Cathy Kelley, who worked for WWE Digital from February 2016 to February 2020, took to Twitter today and responded to the departures.
“My brain can’t understand and my heart is breaking for all my friends. besides being great humans, everyone behind the scenes at wwe digital has worked their asses to build a huge brand that makes money and doesn’t come close to the credit they deserve, ”he said. she writes.
Stay tuned for more on today’s WWE departures. You can see Wortman and Kelley’s tweets below:
It’s not something I expected to say today or any day, but I’m not in WWE after 11 years.
Thank you to all the friends I made during this time and to the talented people I had the pleasure of working with.
This is not a farewell, it is “see you soon”. pic.twitter.com/0PdU4VWKFt
– James Wortman (@JamesWortman) May 25, 2021
my brain can’t understand and my heart is breaking for all my friends. besides being great humans, everyone behind the scenes at wwe digital has worked their asses to build a huge brand that makes money and doesn’t come close to the credit they deserve
– Cathy Kelley (@catherinekelley) May 25, 2021