Amazon Studios Taps Odetta Watkins to Lead Drama Series

Watkins was most recently head of current programs for Warner Bros TV

Amazon Studios has hired Odetta Watkins as its first head of drama series.

Watkins joins Amazon in the newly created role from Warner Bros. Television, where she was most recently executive vice president of current programs, cable and streaming. Watkins will shepherd ongoing current series for the studio, which include current Amazon Originals “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “The Wilds” and “Hunters.”

She will report to Laura Lancaster, head of series for Amazon Studios. Kara Smith remains Head of drama development, reporting to Marc Resteghini.

“Odetta is a powerhouse at what she does – with a proven track record of recognizing and shepherding global hits, we are incredibly proud to have her join Amazon Studios. Her leadership and creative sensibilities are invaluable as we look to continue to break boundaries and tell nuanced and entertaining stories,” Lancaster said.

With WB, Watkins oversaw a team of executives responsible for the day to day maintenance of dramas and comedies including “Sweet Tooth,” “The Flight Attendant,” “Ted Lasso,” “Doom Patrol,” “Titans,” “Pennyworth,” “Self-Made: Inspired By the life of Madam CJ Walker,” “Queen Sugar,” “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man,” “Shrill” and “Sandman.”

Watkins spent 19 years with WBTV, first joining the studio in 2002 as director of current programs.

Earlier this year, Amazon reorganized its TV development around three areas: development, series and IP/talent management. Marc Resteghini and Lancaster serve as the heads of development and series, respectively. Nick Pepper oversees IP and talent management.