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Sharon Tal Yguado, the Head of Genre at Amazon Studios is indeed one of the pioneers in shaping the streaming platform's show choices over the past couple of years. But after over two years of servitude, Sharon will be departing Amazon as the Head Of Genre. She was hired back in 2017 to oversee genre programming under former Amazon Studios Head, Roy Price in a direct mandate from CEO Jeff Bezos. Wondering why was this done?
The brief was clear - find the streamer its own version of Game Of Thrones.
Following that, Yguado wound up heading genre, comedy and drama after Price and his comedy/drama exec Joe Lewis were ousted. She was then relegated back to her role as head of genre when NBC's Jennifer Salke was brought in as head of Amazon Studios to replace Price. Yguado's departure had been rumored for months.
One of the biggest achievements for Yguado during her tenure was making the initial outreach to J.R.R. Tolkien and securing global rights to a TV series based on the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, which was said to be a $250 million deal. Guado was also instrumental in bringing The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman from AMC to Amazon with a sizable overall deal and landing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg genre plays The Boys and Wheel of Time. In addition to LOTR, Yguado also was instrumental in developing Kirkman's Invincible, Nathaniel Halpern's Tales From the Loop and Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, with former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, among other projects in development.
Yguado was quoted as, "As some of you may have already heard, I have decided to leave Amazon Studios." She continued, "I am proud of the world-class team, high-profile talent and impressive slate I have brought in including The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, The Boys, The Dark Tower, Invincible, Tales from the Loop, and many other exciting projects. I enjoyed my time at Amazon and loved seeing this place grow and evolve. I will miss my all-star team and the incredible talent we worked with, but I am excited to begin my next adventure. I am leaving with wonderful memories and I look forward to seeing the many projects I cultivated come to life as an Amazon Prime subscriber and a lover of genre programming."