Amazon Signs 'Handmaid's Tale' Emmy-Winner Reed Morano to Overall Deal

The director of the first three 'Handmaid's Tale' episodes will develop new projects for the streaming service.
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Reed Morano

Emmy-winning director Reed Morano has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios.

Morano, who won an Emmy in 2017 for directing the pilot of The Handmaid's Tale, will develop original series exclusively for Amazon Prime Video.

"Reed is a creative powerhouse whose distinct point of view shines through her immersive, emotional storytelling and commanding cinematic style," Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said Wednesday in a statement. "We're honored to partner with her to exclusively create originals for the global Prime Video audience."

For her part, Morano said she is "thrilled to be working with the pioneers at Amazon. Jen Salke is known for elevating content and her unwavering support for the filmmaker's vision. We share the same passionate enthusiasm for breaking the mold with provocative storytelling, and I couldn't be more excited about what we've been planning to create together."

Morano's Emmy win for outstanding directing for a drama series was the first time a woman won in that category since Mimi Leder took home the award for helming ER in 1995. Morano was also Emmy-nominated in 2017 for cinematography on HBO's Divorce.

Her feature film I Think We're Alone Now, starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, won a Special Jury Prize for excellence in filmmaking at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Morano also has directed episodes of Billions and Halt and Catch Fire and is currently helming The Rhythm Section, a thriller starring Blake Lively, Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown that is set for release in February.