Amazon has inked a first look deal with Heather Rae.
The producer, who career spans almost 30 years, is packed with impressive titles, from Frozen River and 1982 to Sawtooth and Wind Walker. She is also no stranger to the streaming landscape, having produced Netflix’s Dude (pictured above), the directorial debut of Ocean’s Eight co-writer Olivia Milch and Netflix’s Tallulah, the directorial debut of Orange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder.
That commitment to working with new directors marks Rae out as a producing talent to watch. She has also directed her own projects, including Trudell, a 2005 documentary about American Indian activist John Trudell, which took over 10 years to complete. Now, she’s inked an agreement with Amazon Studios to develop original series for Amazon Prime Video.
“Heather Rae brings an impressive film and documentary pedigree along with her passion and advocacy to showcase underrepresented stories,” says Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with her to bring these incredible tales exclusively to our Prime Video audience worldwide.”
Rae adds: “I am so excited to work with Amazon and create content that reflects a changing and compelling world. I believe so strongly in artists, particularly those whose voices we haven’t always heard. These are the spaces I intend to champion and could not be more thankful to everyone at Amazon Studios for this opportunity.