Connie Britton, Lena Waithe and Forest Whitaker to develop series for Amazon

Forest Whitaker recently produced the new series 'Godfather of Harlem,' in which he plays the lead role, out September 29 on Epix in the US. — AFP pic
Forest Whitaker recently produced the new series 'Godfather of Harlem,' in which he plays the lead role, out September 29 on Epix in the US. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, July 30 — The American media giant took advantage of the Television Critics Assocation meeting this weekend to announce several partnerships with big names in Hollywood. Connie Britton (American Horror Story), Lena Waithe (Master of None), and Forest Whitaker have joined with streaming platform Amazon Prime Video to develop new projects.

Known for her roles in Spin City, Friday Night Lights, Nashville, American Horror Story, and Dirty John, Connie Britton “is a multi-talented actress who has captivated audiences with her portrayal of smart, complicated women,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. The American actress, via her production company Deep Blue, will create and develop new projects for the platform.

Dedicated producers

She'll be joining Lena Waithe, who is already working with Amazon via her company, Hillman Grad, on two seasons of the horror anthology Them. The actress and Emmy-award-winning producer of the series Master of None has now signed another contract with the platform to create and produce new series for their online catalog.

“I couldn't be more excited about this new partnership with Amazon Studios and am looking forward to this next chapter,” said Waithe. “Both of our goals are aligned in that we want to continue elevating storytellers who are underrepresented and have a unique vision of the world.”

Amazon has also signed Forest Whitaker and his production company Significant Productions. “Significant Productions, fuelled by the vision of Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, has given a platform to emerging talent and created brilliant, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful projects across film and television,”said Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of Television, Amazon Studios.

“Championing inclusive stories as well as diverse talent and creators is in our DNA, and creating cultural impact is our brand,” commented Whitaker and Bongiovi, the company's co-founders, in a joint release.

Last Friday, Amazon announced that John Krasinski, the lead actor in the popular series Jack Ryan, will also be developing projects for the platform via his production company as well as coming back for a third season of the spy series. — AFP-Relaxnews

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