Studio President Resigns Amid Harassment Accusations

October 17, 2017Oct 17, 2017

Roy Price, who served as the President of Amazon Studios until last week when he was suspended on sexual harassment charge, announced his resignation on Tuesday. In his absence, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng was named the interim president.

Price had been with Amazon since 2004 when the company designed to launch its video-on-demand service. Under his guidance, Amazon began producing original series and feature films.

“Under Price, Amazon launched series such as Catastrophe, Bosch, and Golden Globe winners Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent,” wrote Decider.

By 2017, the originals had gained traction with critics and award show voters, but they didn’t have the widespread appeal at the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, wished to find. He mandated a shift from the “niche, naturalistic dramas favored by Price” toward large-scale genre projects.

Those were intended to gain a large, international audience. As part of that strategy, Amazon canceled shows such as “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Last Tycoon.”

While they were trying to execute this shift, Price was accused of sexual harassment. These allegations made people wonder if Price was about to lose his job.

On Oct. 12, those allegations went public. Isa Hackett, an executive producer on Amazon’s drama “The Man in the High Castle,” went public with claims that Price pressured her for sex. She also said that he made obscene jokes and inappropriate comments in public.

The allegations surfaced alongside those with Harvey Weinstein. This intensified the seriousness of the claims.

A mere four weeks later, Jill Soloway, Amazon’s most successful showrunner, issued a statement to Variety saying about the harassment charges.

“We live in a country and world where the systems of power have operated in favor of men, and this is especially true in Hollywood. The egregious and heinous behavior of those who perform, perpetuate, or passively condone acts of harassment or assault is one of the worst manifestations of this patriarchal system,” she wrote. “Our production company TOPPLE was founded on the belief that women, people of color, queer people, and their allies can use the power of story and voice to change the world. I strongly support the brave individuals who have found the strength to speak their truth to expose and condemn this immorality.”

Price subsequently stepped down. While we may not agree with the morals of Soloway, her strong statement still stands against sexual harassment.

Price not only lost his job over the allegations, but he also lost his wife-to-be. Price was set to marry writer Lila Feinberg in a mere four weeks but she has now called off the wedding.

“Feinberg and Price were to tie the knot on Nov. 12 in a lavish ceremony at The Carlyle on Madison Avenue, but multiple sources confirm that Feinberg—an award-winning playwright and TV writer—has just canceled it,” reported PageSix.

Soloway was set to wear a Marchesa wedding gown in their November 12th wedding. The Marchesa wedding gown was designed by Harvey Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman. Chapman announced that she was leaving Harvey last week after the sexual harassment, assault, and rape allegations broke. PageSix says that Price and Weinstein are said to be close friends.

In other news, the Academy just commented on what their expulsion of Harvey Weinstein will mean for future sexual misconduct offenders.

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