Funny or Die Site Announces More Layoffs, But Maintains Comedy Development

After letting go nearly 30% of its work force and shuttering its Silicon Valley office a year and a half ago, Funny or Die company chief Mike Farah announced another round of layoffs in a staff memo.

“The simple fact is that today we have to let go of some great people at Funny Or Die, and it sucks,” Farah stated. “…like a lot of other digital media companies, we’re facing tough challenges that we can no longer ignore. So we must adapt.”

The company, which features video-heavy content, was founded by CAA, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy in 2007. Funny or Die quickly found financial support from AMC Networks, Time Warner and Sequoia Capital.

According to Deadline Hollywoodthe company has not disclosed the number of employees who were let go, but like other media companies, Funny or Die has been forced to scale back as revenue streams have not kept up with spending and expansion.



Farah emphasized the company will “still develop, produce and sell premium comedy in a wide range of formats for a wide range of platforms, from short-form digital series to branded content and long-form television and everything in between.”

The site reaches an audience of 52 million. 

He highlighted successes from the past year, such as videos "Get Out (of the White House)" and "Zack Morris is Trash" and TV shows like American Vandal.

A meeting is scheduled for Friday to inform remaining employees of what the changes mean for them.

Funny and Die isn't alone. Over the last year, once seemingly indestructible digital brands, like BuzzFeed, have begun to feel the squeeze of shrinking revenue streams, leading to layoffs and scaling back production.
1 comment about "Funny or Die Site Announces More Layoffs, But Maintains Comedy Development".
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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, January 25, 2018 at 11:28 a.m.

    Die, I guess. VC money running out.

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