Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Amazon puts entertainment exec on leave of absence

Amazon puts entertainment exec on leave of absence

Amazon has suspended Roy Price, its point man in Hollywood and the head of its ambitious video program.

The news comes as Amazon is now reviewing two expensive dramas the streamer has in the works from The Weinstein Co.in the wake of rape and sexual harassment allegations against former co-founder Harvey Weinstein. Variety was the first to report Price's suspension. "We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them".

The allegations came just as actress Rose McGowan lashed out at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a Tweetstorm claiming the studio ignored her claims that Harvey Weinstein raped her. McGowan added that, after that incident, she attempted to buy back a script she says she previously sold to Amazon. "Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved".

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Amazon's decision comes just four days after Harvey Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company, a film studio that he co-founded, following allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by multiple women in the entertainment industry.

Multiple representatives for Amazon did not respond to requests for comment Thursday evening. Insiders have speculated for months about Price's possible departure from his role as head of Amazon's original-video arm.

While Weinstein was sacked from his company Weinstein Co., Amazon has two series being produced by the company, however their future is not known. She reported the behavior to Amazon executives and an outside investigator was brought in. Price is the president of Amazon Studios, a division of Amazon that focuses on TV shows and films. The Jill Soloway comedy Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor, became a critical and awards season favorite, and Man in the High Castleand Goliath are said to have been among the streamer's most-viewed originals.

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