Joe Lewis
Head of Comedy, Drama & Virtual Reality, Amazon Studios
Biography
Joe Lewis is the Head of Comedy, Drama and Virtual Reality for Amazon Studios. Lewis and his programming teams oversee the development and production of acclaimed Amazon Originals such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, Fleabag, One Mississippi, Bosch, and The Man in the High Castle. He was the first programming head in over a decade to win back-to-back Best Series Golden Globes after consecutive wins for Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle. Upcoming series in 2017 and 2018 include The Tick, Jack Ryan, Good Omens, and Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, as well as new series from Matthew Weiner, David O. Russell, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Amy Sherman-Palladino, along with Amazon’s first VR experiences.
Joe Lewis
Head of Comedy, Drama & Virtual Reality, Amazon Studios
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Joe Lewis — Where Is Storytelling Going Next?
Joe Lewis — Where Is Storytelling Going Next?

Joe Lewis is one of the visionaries spearheading the new paradigm for how we watch television. The advent of online streaming and binge-watching has enabled storytellers to create more elaborate story worlds with narratives that expand over an entire season, rather than a single episode. Award-winning shows like Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle have prioritized deep character study over stock formulas that recur each episode.



Lewis’s latest challenge is to identify where storytelling is going next. With virtual and augmented reality technology poised to take off, our story experiences will continue to become more immersive and head in unexpected directions.