June 20, 2021

Jeff Blackburn to return to Amazon as company’s most powerful person in Hollywood

Jeff Blackburn, one of Amazon’s highest-ranking and longest-serving executives, is returning to the company after a brief hiatus to be senior vice president of a new Global Media & Entertainment division.

The role makes Blackburn Amazon’s most powerful person in Hollywood, with oversight of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, as well as Amazon’s music, podcast and gaming businesses.

“Jblack’s interest in returning to Amazon presented us with a good opportunity to combine our entertainment businesses in a single org under a leader who knows them well,” Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, who is soon to be Amazon’s CEO, said in a memo.

Amazon has been aggressively ramping up its investments in media and entertainment, having spent $11 billion on TV series, movies and music last year, a 41 percent increase on its investments in 2019.

Amazon Studios has allocated at least $465 million…

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