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Jun102011

Oprah Winfrey's Production Company Provides Notice of Layoffs

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- Oprah Winfrey's Chicago-based Harpo Studios Inc., has notified the state of Illinois it's planning an undisclosed number of layoffs in the wake of the talk show host ending her syndicated program after 25 years on the air.

Crain’s Chicago reports a Harpo spokeswoman declined to say exactly how many jobs will be cut but acknowledged it could be up to one third of the staff.  The magazine says as of December, Harpo had 400 full and part-time employees, not counting the 50 or so workers who left last year to join the Los Angeles-based Oprah Winfrey Network cable channel.

Harpo Studios Inc. issued a statement saying it is "in the process of separating some employees from its campus facilities...as part of the company's restructuring." The Harpo statement went on to say "Most of those leaving us are doing so voluntarily to pursue other interests."

Illinois requires companies with at least 75 employees to provide the state with 60 days notice of shutdowns or layoffs. Crain's reports Harpo filed a notice on May 3 of a plan to lay off employees beginning May 25, the day Oprah's final show aired.

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