Exclusive: Amazon seeks FAST & AVOD execs as hiring spree continues

Amazon Studios is on the hunt for new senior execs as it continues to bolster its FAST and AVOD business. The company is looking to fill numerous roles, including a head of first-party and exclusive FAST channels to join the AVOD original programming team. This exec will lead creative strategy, development, licensing, and programming for […]

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’s Freevee licenses ‘The Suze Orman Show’

Amazon’s AVOD service Freevee has secured a two-year licensing deal for all 14 seasons of US financial advice series The Suze Orman Show. The deal includes multi-territory streaming rights including the US, UK and Germany – with exclusive on-demand and FAST channel rights to the full library of 592 episodes. In the US, 207 episodes […]

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 ups Ryan Pirozzi to head AVOD service Freevee

Amazon has promoted Ryan Pirozzi to head of its ad-supported streaming service Freevee. Pirozzi, who stepped into the position yesterday, previously served as co-head of content and programming for the streamer, alongside Lauren Anderson. Anderson has also expanded her scope and been named as head of AVOD original content and programming at Amazon Studios and […]

News round-up: ‘Unknowns’ travels to Europe & Australia; Federation strikes Asia sales; Freevee launches Jamie Oliver FAST channel

‘Unknowns’ travels to Europe & Australia Polar+ in France, SBS in Australia, Filmin in Spain and Portugal and Be in French-speaking Belgium and Luxemburg have all acquired Israeli drama thriller Unknowns, following deals with distributor About Premium Content. Commissioned by Israeli public broadcaster KAN, and produced by Rabel Films, the 9 x 52-minutes Hebrew language drama […]