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Amazon continued to aggressively sign top talent to first-look deals.
The retail giant and streamer on Tuesday used its time at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour to unveil another slate of TV overalls with Brad Pitt’s Plan B (Moonlight, Underground Railroad); Cortes duo Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna; and Steve McQueen, who is prepping the BBC Studios-produced anthology Small Axe for Amazon.
The news was announced by Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke and comes six months after the company used TCA to announce similar pacts with the likes of Connie Britton, Lena Waithe and Forest Whitaker. Those, of course, are in addition to overall deals with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino; Westworld duo Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan; and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, among others.
All of the deals announced Tuesday will see each producer continue to create and develop new projects for Amazon. For Pitt’s Plan B, the pact extends the company’s relationship with Amazon following the best picture Oscar winner Moonlight.
McQueen will also prep Last Days, described by Salke as a global event series.
The deals arrive amid a war for top talent — both onscreen and off- — as established streamers (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) look to better position themselves amid new entries in the space like Apple, Disney+ and the upcoming HBO Max and Peacock.
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