Price also had forged an alliance with the now-embattled The Weinstein Co., orchestrating very expensive deals for $70-million Matthew Weiner series The Romanoffs and $160-million two-season pickup of a David O. Russell drama starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. Amazon sent invitees a statement notifying them of the cancellation but offered no explanation, according to the report.
Hackett did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Amazon's relations with Weinstein again became part of the news narrative Thursday when actress Rose McGowan fired off a string of tweets to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. He said it hadn't been proven.
The allegations against Price first broke in August, when the investigative news site The Information published a story about Amazon's investigation into Hackett's claim.
Price told Variety last month that "there is a new focus on finding "big shows that can make the biggest difference around the world" in growing Amazon Video's reach and Amazon Prime subscribers".
CNN speculated about whether Price resigned on his own or he was forced out by Amazon's board in light of Hackett's upcoming series and they wanted to avoid the negative publicity that might loom over the series ahead of its release had Price stayed on.
That strategy is now presumably being spearheaded by Cheng, either until Price is reinstated or replaced.