TCA 2016: “It think it helps the momentum,” Amazon studios chief Roy Price tells TheWrap
After winning two Golden Globe Awards last year, “Transparent” became a cultural phenomenon and Amazon Studios’ most buzzed-about show. Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, hopes that the two Globes won Sunday night by “Mozart in the Jungle” will give it a similar boost.
“It think it helps the momentum,” Price told TheWrap Monday, between Television Critics Association panels. “Season 2 is really strong. Just like ‘Transparent’ last year, it helped get attention for the show, and hopefully the Globe will have the same benefit for Mozart”
“Transparent” won at the 2015 Globes for best musical or comedy series and for Jeffrey Tambor for best actor in a musical or comedy. “Mozart” and star Gael Garcia Bernal won in those same categories Sunday night, facing competition in both from “Transparent” and Tambor.
With four nominations, Amazon was the most-nominated network in the comedy categories at this year’s Globes.
The two wins for “Mozart” appeared to surprise viewers. Outlets including Vulture, Refinery 29 and TheWrap posted articles Sunday night with variations on the headline, “What Is Golden Globe Winner ‘Mozart in the Jungle’?“
“No, we were thrilled,” Price said when asked whether he was surprised by the win, given the show’s lack of buzz. “It’s great to get support for ‘Mozart.’ I was sitting there at the table with [executive producers] Roman [Coppola] and Jason [Shwartzman] and Gael. It was a thrilling moment.”
One person who may have also been surprised by Bernal’s win was Aziz Ansari, nominated in the same category for Netflix’s “Master of None.” When the camera cut to him as the nominees’ names were announced, Ansari was shown to be reading a book titled “Losing to Jeffrey Tambor With Dignity.”
“That was hilarious,” Price said. “He’s funny.”