Amazon Studios chief on leave after report


The Amazon Studios president's departure comes in the face of renewed sexual harassment allegations and multiple signs that Amazon and others in the industry had withdrawn their support from the embattled executive.

Back in August, Man in the High Castle producer Isa Hackett detailed an incident with Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, which occurred in 2015, but declined to elaborate, telling The Information, "I do not wish to discuss the details of this troubling incident with Roy except to say Amazon investigated immediately and with an outside investigator".

The actress also alleged Amazon Studios killed a show she planned to write and direct after she heard "a Weinstein bailout was in the works".

"We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees", an Amazon spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Amazon released a mealy-mouthed statement that read in part, "W$3 e looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved".

Craig Berman, a spokesman for Amazon, didn't respond to repeated requests for comment. "I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change". He was sacked from his company, Weinstein Co., last weekend. Video streaming is part of its $99-a-year Amazon Prime subscription, also known for free two-day deliveries.

Most damning for Amazon is the fact that Hatckett reported the incidents to Amazon.

Price has been at Amazon since 2004, working on their video services for over a decade.

Amazon's comedy series "Transparent" won a Golden Globe Award for best comedy or musical and a best actor Emmy for Jeffrey Tambor.

Hackett's allegations follow multiple complaints of sexual harassment and assault lodged against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Following a mandate by Bezos to focus resources on shows with greater hit potential, Amazon canceled dramas "Z: The Beginning of Everything" and "The Last Tycoon".

The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Price had been suspended.