Amazon Studio Boss Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

Embattled Amazon Studios head Roy Price – who was suspended by the company last week after a producer claimed Price had repeatedly sexually harassed her – has finally made it official.

Variety reports Price officially resigned from Amazon on Tuesday, a decision that was expected by many in the industry. In Price’s absence, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng was named interim president.

Isa Hackett, a producer on 'The Man in the High Castle,' said she was harassed by Price during a late-night cab ride on the evening of July 10, 2015, after a long day of promoting the series at Comic-Con in San Diego. Hackett attended a dinner with the show's cast and Amazon staff at the US Grant Hotel. At the dinner, Price asked Hackett to attend an Amazon staff party later that night at the former W Hotel. She ended up in a taxi with Price and Michael Paull, then another top Amazon executive and now CEO of the digital media company BAMTech, where Price repeatedly propositioned her, Variety reported.

Price reportedly told Hackett "You'll Love My Dick" and whispered references to anal sex in her ear while she was trying to have a conversation with another person.

Hackett said she immediately reported the incident to Amazon, but little was done until the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted and renewed the focus on sexual predation and exploitation in the entertainment industry.

Price joined Amazon in 2004 as the company set out to launch its video-on-demand service. That business has since grown into an original-series and feature-film studio, with Price at the helm. Under Price, Amazon launched series such as “Catastrophe,” “Bosch,” and Golden Globe winners “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Transparent.”

Still, the type of popular appeal that company founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has been elusive. Earlier this year, Bezos mandated a shift in programming strategy away from the niche, naturalistic dramas favored by Price and toward large-scale genre projects with the potential to capture large international audiences.

As Amazon Studios began executing on Bezos’ mandate this summer, Price became the subject of sexual harassment allegations first reported on business website The Information in August, which stoked rumors that Price might soon be headed for the exit. His fate was sealed when Hackett went public with her claims on Oct. 12. 

Comments

rapetrain Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:00 Permalink

If you can't handle some stupid teasing at work, then go home and play with your kids.The real world is hard. If you can't handle some stupid teasing, how can I have confidence that you won't crack when doing multi-million dollar deals?This stupid cunt should shut up and if there are any damages, take it to the courts. That is where people seek compensation for wrongs. NObody else cares about her problems.

Lumberjack Lumberjack Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:00 Permalink

Head of Facebook's secretive hardware unit to step down

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1CM2NP

Earlier this year, Facebook provided a peek into the hardware division, called Building 8, revealing it was studying ways for people to communicate by thought and touch.

Although any hardware rollouts from the unit are years away, potential products could help the social media giant lower its heavy reliance on advertising revenue.

Dugan, a former chief of the Pentagon's research arm, has also led a similar hardware group at Alphabet Inc's Google.

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TemporarySecurity Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:04 Permalink

Gotta love I am no longer working for a corporation.  I got to watch a lesbian get a gay man fired for looking at a females ass, she called it sexual harassment.  She had no clue he was gay and the firestorm afterwards was just fun to watch.  He won an undisclosed settlement and she was promoted out of country. Win win all the way, let the UK deal with her.Modern day life should include unlimited popcorn, which this company did provide.

cloaked Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:46 Permalink

Maybe we should start calling Weinstein "rocketman jr.", because it looks like he put a mushroom cloud over HollyWierd. Now maybe we'll get lucky and rocketman sr. will do it for real!

besnook Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:49 Permalink

ok, let's put the shoe on the other foot. put her in the position of whispering sweet nothings about anal sex into my ear while i am having a serious conversation with someone else. would i can consider that sexual harrassment? even if i didn't like her or want to play with her anus? or would i chuckle? or would i be shocked? disgusted? or real horny all of a sudden?would i raise a stink and sue someone for it? can men sue women for bitching harrassment?i bet there is big money in hiring out girls who hang around for awhile and make you happy by the end of your meeting.

Make_Mine_A_Double Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:10 Permalink

Circumstances aside I must admit that is a bold opening gambit ‘you’ll love me dick’ - especially to a carpet muncher.

Meritorious honorable mention with follow up of putting it up her tailpipe and riding the caboose.

Fortunately I herald from the old days when that just got you a slap in the face and ejected from the bar.

khakuda Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:52 Permalink

They did them a favor. Using lines like "you will love my dick "makes it clear this guy has a brilliant career on the other side of the camera in porn films. I'm prime baby, I won't cum for two days.