Stranger Things’s Justin Doble inks overall deal with Amazon
James R | On 22, Sep 2017
Amazon Studios has poached one of the talents behind Netflix’s Stranger Things for its own original content.
Writer and producer Justin Doble has inked an overall deal with Amazon, which will see him develop TV shows exclusively for Amazon Prime Video. Doble, who wrote for both seasons of the 1980s-influenced sci-do smash hit, received two WGA nominations for his work. But the Fringe veteran has been behind the scenes of a number of other recent TV gems, from Jason Katims’s The Path to AMC’s Into the Badlands. With both of those available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK, it’s perhaps a natural to reside there on a more international basis.
“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion, Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series for Amazon Studios, told Variety. “He has contributed to some of the best genre out there, and we are excited to collaborate with him as we build a slate of high-profile shows.”
Doble’s deal marks Amazon’s concerted push to create bigger productions more in the vein of Game of Thrones than Golden Globe winner Transparent, as it seeks to build a wider fan following. It follows the cancellation of two recent original projects, The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning of Everything, as well as a recent overall deal with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.