Amazon media chief Jeff Blackburn announces plans to retire in 2023


Amazon.com’s chief media executive, Jeff Blackburn, plans to retire in early 2023, the e-commerce giant said on Friday.

The company said the media and entertainment businesses, run by Blackburn since May last year, will be overseen by two current executives, Mike Hopkins and Steve Boom, who will report directly to chief executive Andy Jassy.

Businesses include Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Music, Audible, Games and Twitch.

Blackburn, who also served as Amazon’s senior vice president, joined Amazon in 1998 and guided the company through its initial public offering prospectus at Deutsche Bank.

He left Amazon briefly in February 2021, before returning again in May 2021.

“I have decided to spend 2023 differently, spending more time with family, and I feel strongly that this is the right decision for me,” Blackburn said.

Over the past year and a half, Blackburn was a key figure behind the success of shows like Rings of Power, as well as the acquisition of the MGM movie studio earlier this year, Amazon said.

Meanwhile, Amazon witnessed massive layoffs in November of this year, which are now claimed to extend into next year, as stated by CEO Andy Jassy. The company has informed workers in its device and book divisions about the layoffs. Some employees were also offered a voluntary purchase offer.

Amazon has already notified that it will lay off about 260 corporate workers at various facilities in the state. For those laid off, Amazon offers severance packages. It’s one of many tech companies seeing massive layoffs this year. Meta and Twitter also announced job cuts in November, laying off thousands of employees.


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