Mark Restagini leaves, Nick Pepper and Laura Lancaster board at Amazon – Deadline
I’ve learned that Amazon Studios is shaking up its TV programming leadership under TV boss Vernon Sanders. Mark Restaghini He is stepping down as head of US/Global Development, sources said. He is negotiating a production deal with Amazon Studios. Nick Pepperhead of creative content for the studio and Laura LancasterThe head of series is expected to share Resthini’s responsibilities and collaborate on the development and production of television content, reporting to Sanders. MGM TV’s operations remain separate and will not be affected by the current executive changes. A representative for Amazon Studios declined to comment.
Restegini, Pepper and Lancaster took on their most recent roles in early 2021 as part of a restructuring of Amazon Studios Television that created a top tier of three programming executives reporting to then-Amazon Studios co-heads TV Sanders and Albert Cheng ( which: was also CEO).
Today’s reshuffle marks Sanders’ biggest executive move since he became sole TV chief and Cheng became full-time COO last October.
Pepper and Lancaster both joined Amazon Studios in the 2021 restructuring, while Restegini was promoted to head of drama. Some of the series controlled by Restahini include: The wonderful Ms. Meisel!, Jack Ryan, They, the underground railway and: List of terminals.
In his role as head of series, Lancaster led a department that oversees the broadcaster’s returning shows throughout their lifecycle. Pepper has overseen large IP-based properties and general transactions. Restahini has been reported by Drama, Comedy, Genre and Unscripted, which oversaw the projects from inception to development through the end of their first season.
Lancaster comes to Amazon Studios from Alcon Entertainment, where he worked on the Prime Video series The Expanse: and: Solos. Prior to that, he was EVP and Head of Drama at NBC Entertainment, where he developed series such as Revolution, Hannibal, Grimm, Night Shift and: Parenting. As SVP drama development at Fox, he led its development Cheers, Fringe! and: lie to me. Prior to that, he held drama executive positions at NBC Universal Television Studio.
Pepper joins Amazon Studios after three years as President of Legendary Television and Digital Studios, where he worked with Amazon on series such as: Carnival series and: Paper Girls. Prior to Legendary, he spent eight years as head of television at The Mark Gordon Company, where he worked on series including: Designated survivor, criminal minds. beyond the borders and: Quantico:. Earlier in his career, he was vice president of drama at ABC.
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