Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigns amid sexual harassment allegation
- Author: Kyle Peterson Oct 19, 2017,
Oct 19, 2017, 0:25
The departure of Amazon Studio's chief follows allegations that Price sexually harassed Isa Hackett, an executive producer on Amazon's original series "Man in the High Castle". An important conversation has begun about the need to create a culture in our industry, which values respect and decency and rejects the abusive power and dehumanizing treatment of others.
The incidents took place in a cab and at a company party in San Diego following an appearance at a comic-con two years ago.
The Times adds: "Before that series of tweets, Ms. McGowan had directed a Twitter message at Mr. Price concerning Mr. Weinstein, asking, 'Remember when I told you not to do a deal with him and why?'" The findings haven't been disclosed.
Hackett called the incident "shocking and surreal" and said she was inspired to tell her story by women who came forward to publicly detail allegations of sexual harassment against film and TV mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Meanwhile, Amazon suspended Price and said it would review its projects with The Weinstein Company.
Harvey Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
A day later, Amazon senior vice president Jeff Blackburn sent a memo to employees saying that the company did not tolerate harassment or abuse. Per sources, the company had already spent $40 million on the Russell drama. "The first: "@JeffBezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. "I said I was the proof".
What happened after she went public?
Even before Price's exit, Amazon Studios already has been in transition. Hackett was at the convention to promote Man in the High Castle.
Just before the Primetime Emmy Awards, where Amazon was left empty-handed while SVOD rivals Hulu and Netflix picked up trophies, Amazon Studios got new directives from Seattle to overhaul its programming strategy, pulling away from niche shows to focus on big broad (largely genre) hits of the size of HBO's Game Of Thrones.
In an acknowledgement of those challenges, the company is now in the process of a strategy pivot.