Amazon Studios Pacts with Casey Affleck’s Sea Change Media on First-Look Production Deal

The “Manchester by the Sea” Academy Award-winning Actor will have a Two-Year Production Deal with Amazon Studios

SEATTLE--()--(NASDAQ: AMZN)— Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive first-look production deal with Oscar winner Casey Affleck under his new production banner Sea Change Media. The two-year deal will cover both film and television projects.

Last year, Affleck and Amazon Studios worked together on Kenneth Lonergan's highly acclaimed feature Manchester by the Sea, which earned Affleck numerous awards including a Golden Globe, BAFTA and ultimately the Academy Award for Best Actor. Manchester by the Sea is available now for streaming and download on Prime Video.

“This deal with Casey exemplifies our focus in expanding Amazon Studios’ relationships with top-notch filmmakers and content creators,” said Roy Price, Head of Amazon Studios. “Our goal is to be in business with high caliber talent in order to grow our slate of quality content for our customers.”

“Casey is not only a brilliant actor as we’ve seen in Manchester by the Sea, but also has a profound sense for powerful and affective storytelling,” said Jason Ropell, VP of Worldwide Motion Pictures, Amazon Studios. “We are excited to further our relationship with Casey and look forward to our future collaborations.”

Sea Change Media looks to develop bold, authentic, smart content, shining a light on underrepresented voices and stories, and operating with a philosophy of inclusivity and collaboration. Whitaker Lader serves as head of production and development.

Affleck is currently in post-production on his directorial feature Light of my Life, which he also wrote and stars in. The story follows a father (Affleck) and daughter living on the outskirts of society destabilized by a deadly pandemic. Reuniting with director David Lowery for the third time, he recently wrapped The Old Man and the Gun, starring opposite Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. Up next, Affleck is set to star in Stoner for director Joe Wright, based on the beloved 1965 novel by John Williams.

As previously announced, Amazon Studios have exclusive first-look production deals with Bona Fide ProductionsKiller Films and Le Grisbi Productions.

Affleck is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

About Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios brings bold and innovative series and films from top tier and up-and-coming creators to customers in over 200 countries and territories. Original productions range from bold and timely subject matter such as Jill Solloway’s award-winning Transparent and acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s Chi-raq; to the critically hailed The Grand Tour, Mozart in the Jungle and Man in the High Castle. In film, Amazon Studios produces and acquires original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Amazon Prime members. At the 2017 Academy Awards, Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win an Oscar for Manchester by the Sea (Best Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan and Best Actor, Casey Affleck) and The Salesman (Best Foreign Film). Notable releases this year include the box office success Michael Showalter’s The Big SickMatt Ruskin’s Crown HeightsTodd Haynes’ Wonderstruck coming on October 20, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying on November 3 and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel on December 1.

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Release Summary

Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive first-look production deal with Oscar winner Casey Affleck under his new production banner Sea Change Media.

Contacts

Amazon.com, Inc.
Media Hotline: 206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr