Why MGM’s Top Execs Face an Uphill Battle Under Amazon Leadership

”Amazon is in the driver’s seat. And MGM just goes along for the ride,“ entertainment attorney Bryan Sullivan says

While MGM top film exec Michael De Luca and TV chief Mark Burnett are for now part of the interim leadership structure at Amazon Studios, insiders say they face an uphill battle to adapt to the tech giant’s corporate culture and retain a role at the streaming-oriented company in the future.

“This is not a merger, this is a straight up acquisition,” Bryan Sullivan, a partner at Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae who focuses on entertainment and investment, told TheWrap. “Amazon is in the driver’s seat. And MGM just goes along for the ride.”

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Brian Welk

Film Reporter • brian.welk@thewrap.com • Twitter: @brianwelk

Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman