Magazine article Screen International

Sony Pictures Television Head Mike Hopkins to Lead Amazon Studios, Prime Video

Magazine article Screen International

Sony Pictures Television Head Mike Hopkins to Lead Amazon Studios, Prime Video

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Amazon Studios head Jennifer Slake will report to Hopkins.

Former Hulu chief and current Sony Pictures Television (SPT) chairman Mike Hopkins is joining Amazon to oversee the tech giant’s video entertainment businesses, including Amazon Studios.

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Slake will now report to Hopkins, as will Greg Hart, vice-president worldwide of Amazon Prime video. Hopkins, who headed pioneering streaming service Hulu for four years before doing his two-and-a-half year stint at SPT, will report direct to Amazon chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Hopkins is taking over the Amazon duties of senior vice-president of business development Jeff Blackburn, to whom Slake and Hart previously reported. Blackburn is in the middle of a year-long sabbatical from Amazon.

In a memo to Amazon staff, Blackburn said Hopkins, who joins the company on February 24, “comes to us with over 20 years of industry experience at Fox, Hulu and Sony. He has an extensive track record as a global business leader in media, film and TV – negotiating landmark content and distribution agreements, running marketing operations, leading product/tech teams and overseeing production of breakthrough television content. …

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