With the increase in Amazon Studios TV development, current series and total deals, the company has moved to restructure and simplify its programming processes.
Drama Head Mark Restigeni Promoted to US / Head of Global Development. Former Head of Drama at NBC Laura Lancaster, Most recently president of Alcon Television Group, he will join the company on March 1st as Head of Series, leading a division that will oversee programs for live broadcasts throughout their life cycle. They will be among three direct reports to TV co-chairs Amazon Studios Vernon Sanders and Albert Cheng (who is also Director of Operations). The third, Head of IP and Talent Management, who oversees the franchise’s large holdings and sweeping deals, to be named later; The executive search is currently underway for the position.
Under the previous structure, all programming departments, which handled the development and current development of Prime Video and IMDb TV, notified Sanders and Ching.
Now, reporting to Resteghini will be the heads of Drama, Comedy, Genre and Unscripted, who will oversee the projects from start to development through the end of their first season. It includes Kara Smith, Who succeeds Resteghini as head of the drama department; Comedy Head Ryan Andolina In an expanded role; as long John Wax (Head of Type Development) f Chris Castallo (Unscripted President) who would continue in their roles. Chief Animation Melissa Wolf will now report to Andolina.
Lancaster, who has worked with Sanders and President of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salk at NBC, comes from Alcon Entertainment where she recently worked on the Prime Video series. Extension And the next anthology series Solos.