Alexis Tirado, Flama’s Editorial Director, emailed the news to staffers and contributors across the country.
An inside source says 5 staffers, including Tirado were laid off, as well as 11 freelancers.
According to Tirado’s email, “the brand’s videos and social media presence will still be intact.”
Described as an OTT network “made by, for and with Hispanic millennials,” Flama launched in 2014.
At least two people posted news of the demise of Flama’s editorial team.
Flama editorial is no more but proud of what we did together. Excited to keep creating, supporting other Latinx writers & building community
— Gabe Gonzalez (@gaybonez) May 2, 2016
Hey there Twitter friends, looks like no one has broken the news here yet but @theFlama no longer has an editorial section as of today 😔😔😔😔
— Barbara Gonzalez (@ohhaibarbie) May 2, 2016
No comment yet from Univision regarding the downsizing, what will happen with the website or what’s in store for Flama.
Here’s the email sent out:
From: Alexis Tirado <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Please Read: Flama Editorial
Univision has decided to eliminate Flama’s editorial team — the brand’s videos and social media presence will still be intact.
It’s a tough day for us but I’m proud of the great work that we accomplished in elevating Latino voices. I ask that you keep this info confidential until 5 pm ET — aka when my email account goes out!
Please keep in touch!