February 10, 2020
Mike Hopkins, the former Hulu CEO who left to become chairman of Sony Pictures Television, is moving back to over-the-top video, becoming SVP at Prime Video and Amazon Studios. Hopkins begins on Feb. 24, reporting to founder Jeff Bezos.
Hopkins replaces Jeffrey Blackburn, who previously announced he was taking a one-year sabbatical in 2020. Jen Salke, head of Amazon Studios, reports to Hopkins.
Hopkins previously headed Hulu, before leaving to become chairman of Sony Pictures Television.
“I want to thank Mike for his outstanding leadership since arriving at the studio in late 2017. From day one he was charged with rethinking the way we run our television businesses,” Tony Vinciquerra, CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, wrote in a staff memo.
Blackburn, in a separate Amazon staff memo, said Hopkins has more than 20 years of industry experience at Fox, Hulu and Sony — including an extensive track record as a global business leader in media, film and TV — negotiating landmark content and distribution agreements, running marketing operations, leading product/tech teams, and overseeing production of television content.
Hopkins’ responsibilities at Sony will be split between Keith LeGoy, worldwide distribution president, and Jeff Frost, president of U.S. production.