Almost two months after the abrupt exit of founding Amazon Studios head Roy Price over sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the company is slowly going through the process of finding a permanent successor.
It would be nice to think that former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned from his job because company founder and CEO Jeff Bezos simply couldn’t tolerate the idea that one of his key executives had sexually harassed a key producer. But something else may have also played a role in the decision to finally make a change: Bezos, it seems, simply wasn’t happy with how Price was running Amazon’s TV business. Now that Price is gone, Hollywood is wondering whether his departure will mark the beginning of an even bigger shake-up at the streamer.
Ray Price was put on leave last week following sexual harassment allegations and had not been expected to return. An Amazon spokesman confirmed the resignation Tuesday and had no additional comment.
Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios and global content at Amazon Video, was put on a leave of absence Thursday following allegations by producer Isa Hackett that Price propositioned her with crudely suggestive language after a 2015 Comic-Con event in San Diego.
Amazon will order more of its shows straight-to-series in the future, studio chief and head of content Roy Price said Friday at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Pilots “sort of slow you down,” Price explained. It adds ‘another 10 months.”
Amazon Studios boss Roy Price said in an interview last week that he’d love to figure out a way to get viewer feedback on show ideas before a pilot is even created.