Amazon Studios

Amazon snags NBCU exec as hiring spree continues

Amazon has appointed NBCUniversal (NBCU) exec Jessica Morganroth as senior content acquisitions manager for its streaming services Prime Video and Freevee. New York-based Morganroth returns to the company following a previous three-month stint in acquisitions for Prime Video in 2018, with the exec having more recently served a two-and-a-half-year tenure as director of content acquisition […]

Amazon hires HBO & A+E veterans for senior Prime Video & Freevee roles

Amazon has appointed HBO Asia veteran David Simonsen as director of Southeast Asia for its Prime Video SVOD service and also hired A+E Networks’ Edward Guerron as senior content acquisition manager for the UK & Germany for its AVOD sibling Freevee. Singapore-based Simonsen joins Amazon after almost 15 years as SVP of business development at […]

Amazon Studios boosts South African & Nigerian originals team

Amazon Studios has made several new appointments across its local originals development team for South Africa and Nigeria. The execs join the team led by Ned Mitchell, Amazon Studios and Prime Video’s head of originals for Africa & Middle East, and alongside Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, who was recently made head of Nigerian originals. Kaye Ann Williams […]

Amazon Studios’ chief in Europe Georgia Brown to step down

Amazon Studios’ chief in Europe, Georgia Brown, is stepping down. Brown has led Amazon’s output across the region for the past five years, working on shows such as Jeremy Clarkson-starring The Grand Tour, paranormal drama Good Omens and German series We Children From Bahnhof Zoo. The exec joined Amazon from FremantleMedia International in 2017, shortly […]

Amazon Studios restructures unscripted, unveils UK originals

Amazon Studios has restructured the unscripted operations of its Prime Video and Freevee teams in the US. Chris Castallo, who had previously worked across Prime Video’s unscripted output, will now also oversee Freevee’s unscripted programming as the AVOD service continues its expanding originals roster. He reports into Lauren Anderson, who expanded her remit earlier this […]

Amazon Prime Video orders Dr. Seuss baking show & Leeds United docuseries

Amazon Prime Video has greenlit Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge, a culinary competition show inspired by the works of the US author and cartoonist. The show invites America’s best bakers to step into the world of Dr. Seuss. From The Grinch to The Cat in the Hat, these bakers will use their imaginations to craft creations […]

Amazon cancels sci-fi drama ‘Night Sky’ after one season

Amazon’s Prime Video SVOD service has cancelled sci-fi drama series Night Sky after just one season. The series, which was co-produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, launched all eight episodes of its first – and now only – season on 20 May. Night Sky starred Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons as an aging couple […]

Disney hires Hulu, ABC & Amazon Studio execs for Rob Mills’ Alternative arm

Disney has added Hulu, ABC and Amazon Studio execs to its nascent unscripted production division led by Rob Mills. Jill Chapman becomes VP of alternative series & planning at Walt Disney Television (WDR) Alternative, while Alicia Martino is now VP of alternative series and Mike Rosen joins as VP of VP of production. The trio […]

Network TV ‘can’t sustain’ action shows of scope, says ‘Terminal List’ showrunner

There is “no way” that upcoming Amazon Prime Video action series The Terminal List could have been made for network TV, said the production’s writer-showrunner David DiGilio. Speaking at the 61st Monte-Carlo TV Festival this weekend, DiGilio (Strange Angel, Traveler) discussed how streaming services had “blurred the lines” between cinema and TV, but said that […]

Amazon animation boss talks rights flexibility & building “bigger worlds”

Amazon Studios is looking to create franchises with its animation content and said that while it can be flexible on rights, it would “prefer” exclusivity. Speaking at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, Melissa Wolfe, head of animation and family programming at Amazon’s Prime Video service, revealed that: “We’re looking for everything under […]