7 OCT 2021

Amazon Studios appoints Oderra Watkins as Head of Drama series

In her new role, Watkins will be tasked with leading ongoing current series for the streamer including Tom Clancy’s "Jack Ryan," "The Wilds" and "Hunters." The executive accepted the offer following a 19-year tenure with Warner Bros.

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Odetta Watkins has joined Amazon Studios as Head of Drama Series following a 20-year tenure with Wanrer Bros Television.“Odetta is a powerhouse at what she does – with a proven track record of recognizing and shepherding global hits, we are incredibly proud to have her join Amazon Studios. Her leadership and creative sensibilities are invaluable as we look to continue to break boundaries and tell nuanced and entertaining stories," Laura Lancaster, Head of series for Amazon Studios, said.

The move comes after Amazon Studios restructured and streamlined its programming operations earlier this year with Marc Resteghini becoming US/Global Head of Development and Lancaster joining to lead a department that oversees its returning shows. In her newly created role she will shepherd ongoing current series for the streamer including Amazon Originals Tom Clancy’s "Jack Ryan," "The Wilds and Hunters." She will report to Lancaster, while Kara Smith remains Head of drama development, reporting to Marc Resteghini

During her long tenure at WBTV, Watkins oversaw series such as Apple’s Ted Lasso, HBO Max’s "The Flight Attendant," "Netflix’s Sweet Tooth," Hulu’s "Shrill and OWN’s Queen Sugar." Watkins spent 19 years with WBTV, first joining the studio in 2002 as director of current programs.

Earlier this year, Amazon reorganized its TV development around three areas: development, series and IP/talent management. Marc Resteghini and Lancaster serve as the heads of development and series, respectivel, while Nick Pepper oversees IP and talent management.

Odetta is a powerhouse at what she does – with a proven track record of recognizing and shepherding global hits, we are incredibly proud to have her join Amazon Studios. Her leadership and creative sensibilities are invaluable as we look to continue to break boundaries and tell nuanced and entertaining stories.”  Laura Lancaster Head of series, Amazon Studio