Xbox Entertainment Studios Finally Closes Amid 3000 Lay-Offs

Nancy Tellam and Jordan Levin depart from company.

Posted By | On 30th, Oct. 2014 Under News

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After the announcement that Xbox Entertainment Studios, devoted to creating original programming for Microsoft’s Xbox One console, would be shutting down, the division has finally been shut down today as Nancy Tellam and Jordan Levin left the company. It’s interesting because according to Variety, there were 3000 lay-offs from Microsoft but Tellam and Jordan were expected to say on.

That pretty much puts any chances of saving existing projects like Halo: The TV Series and Humans, an English adaptation of the popular Swedish television drama. As of now, the only live-action original programming to be released is Halo: Nightfall which will debut alongside Halo: The Master Chief Collection this November on the Xbox One. A subsequent episode will release each week for the show and establish the events leading into Halo 5: Guardians.

What are your thoughts on Xbox Entertainment Studios shutting down, especially given the initial strong push for the same? Let us know below.

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  • d0x360

    Honestly Microsoft having an internal TV/movie studio of 3000 people was a massive waste of money and don mattrick should have been fired for that alone. Microsoft can make media projects without bankrolling 3000 people. Plenty of companies exist already to fulfill that very purpose and will cost less to hire. Imagine paying 3000 people let’s say 50k a year. Now we know people were making more than that and less in some cases but that’s $150,000,000 a year in just payroll on the low end, it was probably double that number and that doesn’t include budget for actual projects.

    It was a MASSIVE waste of money and that’s money that can now go into gaming. They can still make movies and shows but they can now do it for significantly cheaper.


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