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Viacom’s Nick unit trims staff

Orlando studios the hardest hit

NEW YORK — Viacom-owned Nickelodeon has laid off approximately 30 staffers as part of a cost-cutting effort.

Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Fla., was hardest hit, but the cuts also affected Nick staffers at Burbank’s Nickelodeon Animated Studios and at the corporate offices in Gotham. There has been a hiring freeze in place at Nick since the beginning of the year. A Nick source said the move was preemptive in the face of a slowing economy and that no more cuts are anticipated.

While there are no layoffs planned at either MTV or VH1, Nick staffers aren’t the only ones in the Viacom family affected by belt-tightening.

Approximately 125 TNN employees lost their jobs in January when the cable net moved to Gotham to be part of the MTV Networks family. BET, also owned by Viacom, recently laid off 50 staffers as part of an effort to streamline operations.

A Nickelodeon spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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