Disney will take a $1.5bn write-down in its fiscal third quarter as it seeks to cut costs by removing more than 30 film and TV titles from Disney+ and Hulu.
The company also indicated in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that it expected to remove further content – mostly in the remainder of the fiscal third quarter – which would will incur an additional $400m write-down.
The move is consistent with comments by CFO Christine McCarthy in May’s earnings call that Disney would incur impairment charges in the $1.5bn to $1.8bn range.
The content was removed from the platforms on May 26 and include The Mighty Ducks, Willow, The World According To Jeff Goldblum, Turner & Hooch, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and the 2022 remake of Cheaper By The Dozen.
Cutting back on the direct-to-consumer offering will saves tech costs as CEO Bob Iger pushes through measures to implement $5.5bn in savings. In a recent three-part round of redundancies, the company cut 7,000 staffers or 3% of its global workforce. It said those were expected to be less than impairment charges related to in-house, produced content.
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