Roughly 200 positions are expected to be eliminated by the Walt Disney Co., most to be absorbed by the company’s Burbank headquarters, in a round of layoffs next week, according to a company source.
Some of the positions to be eliminated currently are vacant, the source added.
The company’s massive, growing “Grand Central Creative Campus” in Glendale — where workers develop theme-park rides, games and new commercial uses of familiar Disney characters — will not be affected. Many of the jobs will be in the film distribution department, the source said.
The layoffs come as the industry weathers a transformation, with ticket sales at theaters flat, home video sales undercut by the recession, Internet streaming outlets such as Netflix sapping home video sales, and as studios offer video-on-demand in an effort to tap the growing digital distribution market.