Amazon Studios has been making strides in the streaming wars for years, and now they’ve got an Oscar winner on their side.
Barry Jenkins has signed an agreement with Amazon Studios that gives them an exclusive first-look at projects from his production Company PASTEL, according to Variety.
The independent filmmaker became the first Black director in Academy Award history to be nominated for the best director, best adapted screenplay, and best picture awards for 2017’s Moonlight.
His most recent project — a celebrated adaptation of the James Baldwin novel, If Beale Street Could Talk — was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and is already generating Oscars buzz.
Jenkins will begin his partnership with the studio by directing the TV adaptation of Underground Railroad. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead, the series will be presented in a limited run format.
Jenkins said in a statement that he’s “excited” to have this partnership and is looking “forward to growing that partnership on projects near and beyond.”
Turns out your prime account is good for a lot more than Black Friday deals and discounts at the Whole Foods salad bar.