Amazon’s Joe Lewis Adds Drama Oversight, Morgan Wandell to Head International Production

Film division will now be known as Prime Movies; Brad Beale expands role

Last Updated: October 17, 2016 @ 1:29 PM

Amazon Studios has expanded the role of comedy boss Joe Lewis to include the drama side as well, while Morgan Wandell will now oversee International Productions, the studio announced Monday.

Lewis, who previously had success with half-hour development at Amazon, is now Head of Half Hour and Drama Series Development, taking on Wandell’s former responsibilities.

Wandell previously served as head of drama development, but will now oversee development of series sourced from overseas, which includes shows like the British comedies “Catastrophe” and “Fleabag.”

In addition, Brad Beale, vice president of TV content acquisition for Prime Video, sees his role expanded to include overseeing global selection of series for individual countries and licensing television content on a local and worldwide basis.

Amazon has recently garnered awards buzz and critical acclaim for its half-hour series developed under Lewis, including “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Catastrophe,” “One Mississippi” and the Emmy-winning “Transparent.”

On the drama side, the streaming platform hasn’t seen as much success, though “Bosch” was recently picked up for a fourth season and “Man in the High Castle” is set to return for Season 2 in December. Amazon also has the David E. Kelley legal drama “Goliath,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, which debuted on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the studio’s film division has been renamed Prime Movies, which will continue to be led by Jason Ropell, worldwide head of motion pictures.