Amazon Studios is moving its base to occupy 280,000 square feet in the iconic Culver Studios, in Culver City, California. Amazon said in a press statement that the TV and film production division will be housed in the 99-year-old center comprising of The Culver Studios Mansion and Bungalows.
Culver Studios was built by movie pioneer Thomas H. Ince. Amazing productions have been filmed at this location including “The Matrix,” “E.T.,” “Legally Blonde” and the original Batman series.
Hollywood classics like “Citizen Kane” and “Gone With the Wind” were also shot in the renowned complex which will now be home to several teams working on technical, legal, creative, and marketing aspects. This will be a hub for Amazon Video, IMDb, Amazon Studios and World Wide Advertising teams which means that by the close of this year, 700 employees will have shifted their working spaces out of Santa Monica, California in to Culver Studios.
Amazon scooped Oscars for “The Salesman” and “Manchester by the Sea” becoming the first streaming studio to win an Academy Award. This places the studio in a league that has given the online retail giant great influence in Hollywood, resulting in several Emmy awards.
Amazon has expanded its film business and has concrete arrangements to distribute Woody Allen’s film “Wonder Wheel,” using its own network.
Albert Cheng, head of Amazon Studios has reiterated that the studio is energized and is proud to be part of amazing movie and TV history that has been represented for over 100 years at The Culver Studios. He added that it was necessary to give the teams adequate space to be productive and churn out exceptional movies and series for their Prime programs.
Cheng is the interim head of the studio having taken over from Roy Price who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment from Isa Hackett, the executive producer of the television series “The Man in the High Castle.” Cheng has previously held the position of chief operating officer for the same studio since 2015.
The allegations against Price were reportedly investigated by Amazon but were brought forth on the backdrop of the recent accusations of sexual assault and abuse by dozens of women against the famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
In events unrelated to Price’s departure, Amazon Studios has also let go of three more executives this past week.