Amazon veteran Jeff Blackburn, currently Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide media and entertainment, will retire in January.
Blackburn, who has worked for the US giant for more than 20 years, took up his most recent responsibilities after taking a leave of absence last year, including overseeing Prime Video and Amazon Studios.
He also oversees the podcasting division, which includes Wondery, as well as gaming, music, game streaming Twitch and Audible, reporting to Amazon CEO Andrew Jassy.
The appointment marks a return to Amazon for Blackburn, who has been with the company since 1998 and was at the heart of Amazon’s streaming efforts before taking a year-long sabbatical in 2019.
His latest appointment is seen as a strategic move ahead of Jassy’s ascension to the top job at Amazon, given the CEO has little film and television experience.
Blackburn’s arrival a year later Amazon hires former Sony Pictures TV chairman and ex-Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins Oversees its video entertainment business.
He will head up Prime Video, Amazon Studios and MGM, which is Recently entered the entertainment structure under the leadership of Jennifer Salke. She reports to Hopkins, who now reports directly to Jassy, as does Steve Boom, who was responsible for Audible, Twitch, and Amazon’s gaming efforts, as well as his previous responsibilities for music and podcasts.
In a letter to employees, Jassy said: “Amazon would not be the same company without Jeff, and I would like to thank him for his many contributions to the company’s success so far and in the future. Both Mike and Steve Excellent, experienced leaders, and I look forward to working with them (and their teams) many more times.”