Jeff Blackburn
Chelsea Lauren for Variety
United States

Amazon Corporation


SVP, Global Media & Entertainment

Blackburn came back to Amazon in June 2021 to head up its consolidated media group, which encompasses Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Amazon Music, Wondery, Audible, Twitch and Amazon Games. The return came two years after what was initially described as a year-long sabbatical at the end of some two decades, during which time he helped complete the company’s IPO and led many of its investments and acquisitions, notably IMDb and Zappos. Shortly after Blackburn’s return was announced, Amazon got him a new toy, spending $8.45 billion to acquire MGM, with its library of more than 4,000 films and 17,000 TV shows, along with a slate of awards-season contenders from filmmakers including Paul Thomas Anderson, Ridley Scott and Ron Howard.


  • Amazon Studios
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Amazon Music


  • Dartmouth College (NH, USA)
  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

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