Joe Lewis
Head of Comedy, Amazon Studios
Biography
Joe Lewis joined Amazon Studios in 2012 as the first hire of the original TV division. In his current role, he runs half-hour programming, which includes increasing numbers of comedy, dramedy, and documentary series. In 2014, he oversaw the critically acclaimed original series Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle. Transparent went on to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series and five Emmy Awards, including wins for Best Director and Best Actor. In 2016, Mozart in the Jungle won Golden Globes for both Best Comedy Series and Best Actor, making Lewis the first programming head in over a decade to win back-to-back Globes for different series. Lewis also oversaw the critically acclaimed series Catastrophe and Red Oaks and Amazon's first ever docu-series, The New Yorker Presents. He is shepherding Woody Allen's first TV series, which will premiere later this year, alongside the new series Highston, Z, and One Mississippi.
Joe Lewis
Head of Comedy, Amazon Studios
SPEAKER FILM
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-reality and augmented-reality technology poised to take off, our story experiences will continue to become more immersive and head in unexpected directions.