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Amazon Studios’ director of European originals has waved a white flag of peace toward British broadcasters worried about the SVOD giant’s advances on the local market and a $4.5 billion war chest to spend on new content.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society conference in London, Georgia Brown said that Amazon was “not here to compete or tread on toes, we’re here to offer the audience something they might not be getting elsewhere,” adding that it was simply “looking at white space, and not looking to take over.”
The former Fremantle exec, who joined the company in early 2017, said that while Amazon would continue to look at original content, it was “still very interested in co-produced content,” pointing to the upcoming Neil Gaiman adaptation Good Omens and the recent take on Shakespeare’s King Lear, both collaborations with the BBC.
“I think we’re slightly different maybe, because we’re very invested in supporting the British broadcasting industry,” she said.
Asked about the strategy of former Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who had pushed for wholly owned IP before resigning amid sexual harassment allegations, Brown was dismissive. “I’m not sure we should be looking towards what Roy Price commented on,” she said. “We have a new regime now. [New Amazon Studios boss] Jen Salke is heading up Amazon and she’s wonderful, she’s a filmmaker at heart.”
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