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Conrad Riggs, Amazon Studios part ways

Digital giant Amazon Studios has parted ways with head of unscripted programming Conrad Riggs, realscreen has confirmed. Riggs, who joined the Santa Monica-headquartered company in July 2014, was responsible for delivering original and ...
October 24, 2017

Digital giant Amazon Studios has parted ways with head of unscripted programming Conrad Riggs, realscreen has confirmed.

Riggs, who joined the Santa Monica-headquartered company in July 2014, was responsible for delivering original and high-caliber unscripted content to Amazon Prime members.

Series overseen by Riggs have included Jeremy Clarkson’s The Grand Tour; the NFL Films-coproduced series All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals; the Emmy-winning Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse; Novak, a docuseries featuring famed tennis player Novak Djokovic; American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, which charted the life of the Playboy founder; and most recently, Lore, based on the critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories.

Riggs had previously headed his own prodco, Conrad Riggs Productions, after a near nine-year tenure as a partner in Mark Burnett Productions. Prior to that, he served as a business affairs executive at The Walt Disney Co.

News of Riggs’ departure is the latest upheaval for Amazon Prime Video. Entertainment chief Roy Price was suspended and subsequently resigned from the company following sexual harassment allegations, while Joe Lewis, head of half hour and drama series development, exited from the Jeff Bezos-owned company on Monday (Oct. 23).

(Photo: Conrad Riggs at Realscreen West. Credit: Rahoul Ghose)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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