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Like many, I’ve been watching the Amazon Studios experiment pretty closely. The company is actively building a library of content with its pilot program, wherein the company takes in submissions through its website and also through the traditional pitch process.
The only thing is, I didn’t know how much of its current crop of content from big names like Michael Connelly and others involved the old-school method of taking meetings vs. the newer-fangled submission model.
Well, as it turns out, Amazon is doing its share of power lunches.
I had a chance to talk to Connelly, the man behind the Harry Bosch mystery series. I asked him about how Bosch ended up at Amazon. This is what he had to say.
“We started writing a script, and doing preliminary talks. We didn’t pitch it anywhere, but we told Netflix what we were doing, we told HBO, and I happened to know through my publishing experience the guy who ran the publishing arm of Amazon, and I’d gone to a baseball game with him and mentioned this what I was doing, so he hooked me up with a guy named Joe Lewis at Amazon Studios. He wanted to meet with us, and see what we we’re doing and talk about it. We did that, for a lunch, and by the end of the lunch he said “we’ll take it.”
Connelly went on to talk about the experience of working with Amazon, which he said gave them the budget they were looking for and was actively involved in the development of the pilot. At the same time, Connelly, who has worked on a number of pilots and movies, said Amazon was very trusting and gave them lots of freedom to develop the project without over-interfering.
Summing the experience up, Connelly put it this way: “It was pretty refreshing after having gone down the road in other ways with other networks and so forth.”