Amazon’s Audible to Accelerate TV and Film Adaptations Jackie Levine – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Audible, the audio platform owned by Amazon, is looking to increase the number of television and film adaptations of its original podcasts and audiobooks.

The company has hired Jackie Levine, formerly president of Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers, as head of television and film.

Levine will lead a new division to oversee the on-screen audio pipeline for Audible Originals. She will be able to identify the projects to adapt and condition with talent. She will report to Head of Content Acquisition and Development, Pat Shah.

It comes as competition to fit podcasts and IP audio intensifies; Spotify has a deal with Peter Chernin to adapt its podcasts and Apple, which has moved further into original audio series, has transformed a number of Wondery podcasts such as The narrowing next door, in television series.

Audible has stepped up its original audio series and podcasts, and seen a number of originals adapted for film and television, including When you’re done saving the worldadapted and directed by Jesse Eisenberg from his own audio script and recently purchased by A24 at Sundance, Evil eye, a supernatural tale adapted to the cinema by Blumhouse for Amazon Prime, superworld which was taken over by Warner Bros. with Jason Bateman set to direct and Mark Greaney Armoredacquired by Sony Pictures with Michael Bay as producer.

Levine worked with Zemeckis, overseeing the development and production of the company’s television and feature film projects for 14 years. This includes serving as an executive producer on Pinocchio for Disney+, with Tom Hanks, executive producer of the NBC then Netflix drama series Manifest and Blue Book Project with Aiden Gillen for History.

“Our listeners tell us that when they fall in love with great stories, they want to keep exploring those worlds. Jackie will continue our work with the creators to open up those worlds for fans to explore Audible stories in film and TV. Shah said. “We have had tremendous success expanding our award-winning original IP and with Jackie, we gain an executive with impeccable taste, deep talent relationships and extensive experience working in the industry. industry that can help bring our stories to an even wider global audience.”

“I am thrilled to join Audible and continue my passion for storytelling with a company that has been behind many of the innovations that are now driving growth in the audio medium,” added Levine. “Audible is at the forefront of the most dynamic audio storytelling in the industry today with original content that is ripe for exploration and expansion into new medium. I look forward to collaborating with our creators as well as many of my existing and new talent connections to create distinctive and entertaining television and film projects.

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