Unscripted

Heather Schuster exits from Amazon Studios

Less than one year after being upped to head of Amazon Studios’ unscripted department, Heather Schuster has exited the company. A spokesperson for Amazon Studios has confirmed to Realscreen that Schuster, ...
August 6, 2018

Less than one year after being upped to head of Amazon Studios’ unscripted department, Heather Schuster has exited the company.

A spokesperson for Amazon Studios has confirmed to Realscreen that Schuster, who replaced Conrad Riggs as unscripted head at Amazon Studios last October, has left the company, but would not elaborate on the reason behind the departure, or if a replacement is being considered.

Various American trade media reports have cited an internal investigation into allegations of verbally abusive behavior by Schuster as preceding her exit.

Schuster (pictured) joined Amazon in August of 2017 as senior creative director. Prior to Amazon, the executive was the chief content operator at Detour, a mobile app company based in San Francisco. She was also the CEO of Morocco Junction Entertainment, a media company backed by All3Media.

Schuster also held senior positions at Ryan Seacrest Productions and was SVP, creative affairs and an executive producer at Reveille/Shine America from January 2011 to July 2013. She had also worked with Riggs as a producer on The Apprentice when Riggs was working with Mark Burnett.

At the time of Schuster’s promotion, Tracey Lentz, who has been with Amazon’s unscripted team since 2015, was also upped to head of creative, unscripted TV.

Amazon’s unscripted slate consists of such series as The Grand Tour, featuring the former cast of UK automotive series Top Gear, and All or Nothing. While speaking in a keynote interview at Realscreen West in June, Schuster touted upcoming unscripted projects including a six-part docuseries following the legal travails of rapper Meek Mill, and a four-part docuseries from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions about Lorena Bobbitt.

The news of Schuster’s exit was first reported by Deadline.

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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