Amazon, Jigsaw, Conde Nast unite for “New Yorker” series

Amazon Studios, the production arm of the online marketplace, is teaming up with Conde Nast Entertainment, documentarian Alex Gibney (pictured) and The New Yorker to pilot its first docuseries.
November 11, 2014

Amazon Studios, the production arm of the online marketplace, is teaming up with Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) and documentarian Alex Gibney to pilot its first docuseries.

The New Yorker Presents, a series that brings to life stories from one of the world’s most renowned publications, features among a slate of mostly scripted projects scheduled to debut early in the new year on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the U.S., UK and Germany.

Coproduced by CNE and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, the pilot will feature several segments, including a documentary by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) about biologist Tyrone Hayes, based on a Rachel Aviv profile that ran this past February; an interview with performance artist Marina Abramović, conducted by The New Yorker writer Ariel Levy; and a short film based on a story by Simon Rich and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Troy Miller (Arrested Development).

Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side, serves as executive producer on The New Yorker Presents pilot, along with Dave Snyder (Death Row Stories) and Dawn Ostroff.

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