No exact numbers were available, but many of the layoffs are coming at Focus’ New York operation, which employs 44 people and is being downsized significantly. Some of the pinkslips are being handed out to employees who will stay on board during the company’s transition through the end of the year as it absorbs FilmDistrict’s operations.
Focus also employs 43 staffers in Los Angeles — the new headquarters for the company — and another 17 in London, where its Focus International operation is based. Universal has not yet decided whether to close down its international business, which handles sales and production.
Focus co-ceo Andrew Karpen departed on Oct. 15. He offered the opportunity to stay with the company but chose not to relocate from New York to Los Angeles.
The Focus restructuring, also announced Oct.