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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price suspended following harassment allegation

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price suspended following harassment allegation

An Amazon executive has reportedly been suspended from the company after a producer came forward with sexual harassment allegations against him.

Additionally, Thursday's announcement came soon after actress Rose McGowan went after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for his company allegedly ignoring her warnings about Harvey Weinstein. Amazon Studios' entry into scripted series has produced mixed returns.

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.

As far as reviewing their relationship with The Weinstein Co., Amazon was slated to release at least two major dramas, but as a result of the sexual harassment cases, Amazon is now reviewing their current deal. After spending the day at the convention, she joined the show's cast and Amazon staffers at a dinner, where she met Price for the first time.




Variety then reported that Amazon has put Price on a leave of absence "effective immediately".

Amazon will spend about $4 billion this year on video programming, including its own TV shows and movies, according to estimates by Wedbush Securities. Although Amazon does not release viewership numbers, the company said in 2015 that "The Man in the High Castle" was its most-streamed show. Insiders have speculated for months about Price's possible departure from his role as head of Amazon's original-video arm. Amazon won a dirty Oscar. "We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co", an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC. An outside investigator, Christine Farrell of Public Interest Investigations Inc., was brought in and spoke to Hackett and executives at Amazon.

But other ambitious projects have fizzled, with "Z: The Beginning of Everything" and "The Last Tycoon" each canceled after a single season.