Amazon Studios chief quits after sex harassment claims

Oct 19, 2017, 00:23
Amazon Studios chief quits after sex harassment claims

According to "company insiders", when Big Little Lies was being pitched to Amazon, Price asked a group of staffers at a holiday party if Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman would "show their tits" on the series and then contemplated why he might decide to greenlight the show if they opted out of the nudity.

Price was a top executive at Amazon Studios, the division of Amazon that produces the Emmy-award winning television series Transparent, and distributed the Oscar-award winning film Manchester by the Sea.

Days after one of the retail outlet and streaming giant's top producers accused Price of sexual harassment, the executive has resigned as head of Amazon Studios.

Albert Cheng, who took over as the interim head of the studio last week, will continue to serve in that role now that Price is officially out.

Price's departure comes less than two weeks after the Weinstein Co. Amazon sent invitees a statement notifying them of the cancellation but offered no explanation, according to the report. As we reported last week, it was considered virtually impossible for Price to be accepted as an Amazon chief going forward following the details of sexual harassment allegations made public last Thursday. Amazon did not reply to requests for comment about the cancellation.

An Amazon Studios representative confirmed that Price resigned from the company on Tuesday.

Ms McGowan, 44, wrote, "HW raped me" in a series of tweets to Amazon chief executive and founder Jeff Bezos. Over and over I said it.

The allegations against Price first broke in August, when the investigative news site The Information published a story about Amazon's investigation into Hackett's claim.

After the allegations emerged, Price's fiance Lila Feinberg reportedly called off their wedding scheduled for 12 November. While that creates uncertainty in the short-term, the larger threat could come if the allegations against Price and Weinstein tarnish Amazon's brand or company.