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Sharon Tal Yguado Exits Amazon Studios

Sharon Tal Yguado has left her position as the head of genre programming at Amazon, Variety has learned from sources.

Tal Yguado had jumped roles at Amazon, after she assumed the role of head of scripted programming in October, 2017, taking over from Joe Lewis who left amid the Roy Price sexual harassment allegations scandal. She later returned to the genre position which she was originally hired to oversee.

“I have decided to leave Amazon Studios,” Tal Yguado said in a statement. “I am so proud of what we have accomplished in record time. I enjoyed my time at Amazon and loved seeing this place grow and evolve. I am leaving with wonderful memories and I look forward to seeing the projects I cultivated come to life as an Amazon Prime subscriber and a lover of genre programming.”

Amazon declined to comment.

The genre department is a “one-hour” unit at the company which is focused specifically on sci-fi, fantasy and genre series, and part of her responsibilities included shepherding Amazon’s substantial investment into the “Lord of the Rings” franchise. Serving as the lead executive, she secured the rights to the highly competitive property and crafted the pitch to the Tolkien estate, as well as leading creative strategy on the show and hiring the lead writers, JD Payne and Patrick McKay. The streamer issued a multi-season production commitment for a series based on the fantasy epics back in Nov. 2017.

Tal Yguado and her team also orchestrated and brought to Amazon high profile projects including “Wheel of Time,” a bestselling fantasy book series created by Rafe Judkins, “The Boys,” an irreverent superhero series created by Eric Kripke which recently premiered in Tribeca, and a pilot for the “Dark Tower,” based on Stephen King’s bestselling series and adapted for TV by Glen Mazzara.

A native of Israel, Tal Yguado previously spent 13 years with Fox, rising through the ranks at its international channels unit. She was part of the team that fanned out around the world to launch Fox, FX and National Geographic-branded channels.

Before heading to Amazon, Tal Yguado served as exec VP of global scripted programming for Fox Networks Group. She helped lead the push to add high-profile series such as “The Walking Dead” and “Outcast” to Fox’s 200-plus channels around the world. “Outcast,” from “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, was developed by Tal Yguado’s group and sold to Cinemax for the U.S.

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