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Amazon Studios' Roy Price: Inside the Fall of a Top Executive (and What's Next)

• by Kim Masters , Lesley Goldberg

The exit of programming chief Roy Price on Oct. 17 after a harassment claim was made public has prompted observers to question if the retail giant will clean house and reboot its streaming video strategy. Price was put on indefinite leave Oct. 12, hours after The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of his vulgar propositioning of The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett. Five days later, Amazon announced Price is stepping down. Now the focus is on whether other executives will survive amid a push to change course both creatively and culturally.

Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng, a former Disney/ABC digital exec, is taking over on an interim basis, and the hunt is on for a new — and, according to sources, preferably female — content head. Amazon approached Paramount Television president Amy Powell over the summer but Powell, sources say, is no longer a contender.

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