TCA 2019: Amazon Studios Signs Development Deal with Lena Waithe

Waithe to produce Amazon original horror anthology series ‘THEM’
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Beverly Hills, Calif. — Amazon Studios has signed production deals with actor/producers Lena Waithe and Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, the streaming service announced Saturday morning at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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Waithe (Showtime’s The Chi) will create and produce original series exclusive to the Amazon Prime Video platform, according to Amazon. Her first show will be Amazon’s upcoming original horror anthology series THEM, according to the streaming service.

“Lena is a powerhouse writer and producer who also has a gift for identifying exciting and authentic voices,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios in a statement. “Our upcoming series THEM is the result of her rare ability to cultivate brilliant voices like Little Marvin and bring his wholly original and compelling vision to Amazon. We look forward to collaborating with Lena and her team for years to come.”

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Amazon also announced that it has ordered eight-episode drama series The Banker’s Wife, based on the best-selling novel by Cristina Alger. The series spotlights two women who find themselves racing for answers when a mysterious plane crash sets them off on parallel pursuits of truth, according to Amazon.

Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) will write all eight episodes, with award-winning director Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Now and Then) directing all eight, according to the streaming service.