Ted Hope launched Amazon’s foray into feature film production in January 2015. Ted oversees day-to-day of Amazon Studios’ creative team and the movies produced, developed and acquired by the company. Notable titles include critically acclaimed Oscar-winning films such as Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, as well as the Oscar-nominated The Big Sick.
In its first year of releases, Amazon Studios distributed 14 movies, all of which made either critics’ ‘best of’ lists, premiered at major film festivals or were nominated for prestigious industry awards. These releases generated a total Domestic Box Office of $83MM, and earned 335 total award nominations and 131 wins, including 3 Academy Award wins (Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea; Best Original Screen Play for Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea; and Best Foreign Language for The Salesman) from 7 Academy Award nominations, and 1 Golden Globe win (Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea) from 5 nominations.
For the second year in a row, Amazon has the highest grossing Sundance film with The Big Sick. In 2017, Amazon achieved a rare trifecta with key premiere slots at the New York Film Festival, with the opening, closing, and centerpiece galas (Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck). In 2018, Amazon will release from noted directors Lynne Ramsey, Spike Lee, Gus Van Sant, Mike Leigh, Lauren Greenfield, and Luca Guadagnino among others.
Prior to joining Amazon, Hope produced over 70 films, as well as co-founding and co-running the production companies Good Machine, This is That, and Double Hope Films. Ted’s eye for directorial talent has helped launch the feature film careers of Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener and many others. His films have received numerous Academy Award nominations and a record three of them have won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Hope’s book, Hope for Film, was published in Fall 2014 to critical acclaim.