Amazon Studios inks first-look deal with Brightstar
James R | On 16, Aug 2019
Amazon has entered into a first-look deal with producers Brightstar, along with the company’s founders John Woodward and Tanya Seghatchian.
The company, which is London-based, has a creative focus specifically on programming for either the European or the global market. The talent-focused company has built a significant development slate, with John and Tanya currently Executive Producers on Charlie Covell’s upcoming series Kaos (Netflix).
Seghatchian is an award-winning British film producer who has worked on The Crown, the first four films in the Harry Potter franchise, Jane Campion’s new film Power of the Dog, and Amazon Studios feature Cold War. Woodward is an Executive Producer on Power of the Dog and Cold War and was previously the CEO of both the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council.
The agreement will see Brightstar develop and produce new TV series for Amazon Prime Video.
“John and Tanya are prolific producers who have made their mark on the film and television industry with award-winning projects that have resonated worldwide,” says Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “They and their company Brightstar are a perfect fit for Amazon Studios and our commitment to creating original, high-quality, compelling storytelling for our global audience.”
Woodward and Seghatchian add: “Brightstar’s first look TV deal with Amazon is a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved. The Amazon Studios team is so responsive and committed, which makes them terrific partners. And crucially, they place huge faith in the importance of talent right across the globe. That’s the Brightstar approach too and will underpin everything we bring Amazon over the coming years.”