It comes after Disney Studios reached a halt amid delayed productions, theatre closures, and postponed film releases.
On April 2, Disney had announced that employees across the media and entertainment conglomerate whose “jobs aren’t necessary at this time” would be furloughed as of April 19 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. That was preceded by deep executive pay cuts disclosed on March 30.
In terms of furloughs, sources said the marketing and distribution departments have been especially impacted.
Impacted workers will remain Disney employees through the duration of the furlough period. They will receive full health care benefits, plus the cost of employee and company premiums will be paid by Disney. And those enrolled in Disney Aspire will have continued access to the education programme.
Disney’s next release in cinemas is Mulan on July 24.