Matt Newman Julie Rappaport

Source: Amazon Studios

Matt Newman, Julie Rapaport

Julie Rapaport has become sole head of movies at Amazon Studios as former movies co-head Matt Newman moves to head original content, sports, at Prime Video’s global sports group.

The switch was announced internally on Tuesday (15) by Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, to whom Rapaport will continue to report. Alongside Newman the movies division has released recent tentpoles on Prime Video such as Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Coming 2 America, Cinderella, and Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.

Being The Ricardos starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem is in contention for best actress, best actor, and best supporting actor (J.K. Simmons) Oscars on March 27. Upcoming releases including Master with Regina Hall, My Policeman starring Harry Styles, All The Old Knives starring Chris Pine, and Catherine, Called Birdy with Lena Dunham.

Newman will report to Marie Donoghue to grow the global sports group. This group will create new programming and properties which build on the success of Prime Video’s local teams, who are behind titles such as Wayne Rooney documentary Rooney, All Or Nothing: Manchester City, All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur and All or Nothing: Arsenal, in the UK; and titles across Europe including All or Nothing: Juventus in Italy, Simeone: Living Match By Match in Spain and The Pogmentary in France.