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Disney Interactive lays off 80 more

Disney Interactive has reportedly let another 80 or so employees go, adding to the more than 250 people that were let go earlier this year. Co-presidents James Pitaro and John Pleasants are overseeing the cuts, trying to trim down a division that once had more than 4,000 employees by seven percen...

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Disney Interactive likely to invest less in console games following $234M loss

Losing $234 million over the course of 12 months is pretty unimaginable to most individuals. For Disney, it's not such a big deal, especially when that loss is recorded by just one of its six company divisions -- the other five all profited over the last fiscal year (ending October 2, 2010), includ...

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Disney Interactive gets two new presidents

Their names were John Pleasants and James Pitaro -- two hard-nosed CEOs from different sides of the track -- even though everybody who knew anything called them Jack and Jim. Jack grew up on the mean streets of EA until he gave 'em the clean sneak and shacked up with Playdom. Man, the team there wa...

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Disney Interactive Media president resigns

Steve Wadsworth, head of Disney's Interactive Media Group -- better known to us as "the guy in charge of Disney's video game arm" -- has stepped down. According to a New York Times report, Wadsworth issued a late-night missive to his staff last Thursday announcing his resignation. "I have been think...

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Playdom CEO: 'Core gamers are playing this stuff'

Social gaming is bigger than ever. Playdom CEO John Pleasants gave an interview on stage at the LA Games Conference today, and said that while the western market for Facebook and social games currently pulls in over $750 million, it's going to balloon to as much as $4 to 5 billion in the next five ...

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Former EA COO says EA is in 'investment mode,' focusing on digital distribution

Right before hitting the ol' dusty trail for Playdom, now ex-EA COO John Pleasants sat down with Reuters for an interview all about the future of EA. In it, he speaks to the multifaceted future of EA (especially with regards to business models), as well as the importance of EA's current "investor ...

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EA COO expresses game plan going forward

EA COO John Pleasants expressed at a recent conference that the company will focus on better marketing and online products going forward. With 1,100 employees being cut loose, EA has little choice but to refocus its business -- unless the company want to go back to its dark ways. Pleasants didn't ...

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