Amazon Studios is expanding its executive leadership team, bringing on board Laura Lancaster as head of series and upping Marc Resteghini to head of development in both the U.S. and globally. They will report to co-heads of television Vernon Sanders and Albert Cheng.
The move comes as the studio organizes its leadership team to focus on three areas: development, series, and IP and talent management. Resteghini will oversee those leading the studio’s drama, genre, comedy, animation and unscripted projects from concept through end of Season 1.
As part of those changes, Kara Smith has been named head of drama development, while Ryan Andolina will expand his duties as head of comedy, with Melissa Wolfe reporting to him as head of animation. Head of genre development Jon Wax and head of unscripted Chris Castallo will continue in their roles, reporting to Marc.
Lancaster, who most recently worked on Amazon Studios’ ‘The Expanse” and “Solos” at Alcon Entertainment, will oversee returning series through their runs.