Last year, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was fired by a tech giant in a sexual harassment scandal. On Saturday, Jennifer Salke, the respected leader whose job it is to plan a new course for Amazon's entertainment department, discussed the future of the company.
At the press conference of the TV Critics Association with Amazon co-chefs Albert Cheng and Vernon Sanders, Salke dreamed of the diversity of her team.
"I came from NBCUniversal with Vernon, where 10 of my direct reports, seven of them were different, six of them were women.For me, it was only part of how I deal with creative people and different kinds of voices and
Sanders joined Amazon in May ̵
Amazon has set a number of high-profile talent deals on board since Salke – pledging Barry Jenkins to direct the entire run of his serial adaptation of Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" and sign Jordan. Peele and Nicole Kidman watch TV Deals on.
Asked about competitors like Netflix, Salke said, "I think it's really important to consider ourselves as an alternative to some of these places." We see our home at Culver Studios as a true home of talent Of course, I certainly come from the background of great creative partnerships with Tentpole-makers. "She added," We will build a more curated group of artists and artists who can be part of our family at Amazon. "
Salke also confirmed Years of complaints about Amazon's video UI and promised that significant changes to the platform are imminent. "I was on the side to criticize some of them too," Salke said of Amazon's interface. But, she added, Brass in Seattle recently gave her a phone with a prototype of a new user interface that was developed. "It's much more intuitive, I find it somehow seamless."
Salke promised that the new interface would be introduced soon, but offered no details. "It depends on the investment we are trying to make, they wanted the best possible user interface."
Under price, Amazon had a well-known development process in which pilots were put online and user reviews should be used in deciding which series to pick should.
This process is no longer in effect.
"Right now, this version is not something we do," Salke said. "But you will see that we invest in pilots." She noted that the company recently announced three pilots. "We will use our own test and barometer and some audience-related data to make decisions, but the public election process will not continue."
Cheng added that under the previous system, "What ultimately happens is," It's too long to get the actual season. "
Salke also turned to the future of Jill Soloway's" Transparent. "" We're planning a fifth season of the show. What form it has we have not quite announced, but it exists, and we are very excited. "Salke also teased Soloway's next project." Jill came in via "Transparency" with what she's pleased, and I think you can stay tuned for a week or two to find out more about what that is. It's something we are incredibly excited about. "