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Amazon Studios’ Heather Schuster to keynote at Realscreen West

Realscreen West in Santa Monica will host a one-on-one keynote conversation with Heather Schuster, head of unscripted TV for Amazon Studios, on Tuesday, June 5 at 4:15 p.m. In her post, ...
April 12, 2018

Realscreen West in Santa Monica will host a one-on-one keynote conversation with Heather Schuster, head of unscripted TV for Amazon Studios, on Tuesday, June 5 at 4:15 p.m.

In her post, Schuster oversees documentary series, unscripted formats and alternative comedy. In her first six months at Amazon, she has overseen the launch of the larger ‘All or Nothing’ sports programming brand and Will Ferrell’s live comedy special on New Year’s Day, as well as spearheading new development, including the recently-announced Lorena Bobbitt docuseries from executive producer Jordan Peele.

Prior to Amazon, she served as chief creative officer for Detour, a location-aware travel content app founded by Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon, where she scaled the company up for a global launch and staffed 40 producers from around the world to create 120 hours of content.

Before Detour, Schuster launched and was CEO for All3Media-backed unscripted prodco Morocco Junction Entertainment. Prior to that, she served as SVP/head of unscripted television for Ryan Seacrest Productions; and also spent four years with Reveille/Shine America as a showrunner and as SVP of creative affairs. Cable and broadcast franchises she has developed and overseen include Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, Biggest Loser, and MasterChef. She has produced cable and broadcast series for studios such as Mark Burnett Productions, ITV and FTVS.

In her keynote conversation, Heather Schuster will discuss her ambitions for Amazon’s unscripted division, the impact of new buyers and platforms upon the unscripted content industry, and how producers can work with her and her team.

Realscreen West takes place from June 5-7 at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. For more information, click here.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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