Controversy Becomes Amazon With Additions Of Jeremy Clarkson and Woody Allen

A few days after Jeremy Clarkson ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that his new car show had landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond for an Amazon Prime series, Amazon execs got asked what ground rules, if any, they’d set for Clarkson in terms of language, slurs and staff assaults.

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price said this morning at TCA he prefers to "not think a lot" about such things, in re questions about Clarkson’s slurs and physical altercations. He did reveal, however, that he feels "very bullish" that fans around the world are going to love the show.

"I can’t comment on details of the discussion," or the contract," Price responded. But, he admitted, "we’re bullish about the show and think it will turn out well." Speaking of controversial: Woody Allen’s series for Amazon scripts for season one are just about done Price enthused, shooting will start at the end of the year, and "We expect to air in the second half of 2016."

One reporter in the hall questioned why Amazon had decided to "go after so hard" the filmmaker who came with Allen’s particularly controversies. Most recently, after his tribute at the Golden Globe Awards in 2014, Ronan Farrow tweeted that he’d missed the tribute and wondered "did they put in the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?".

One reporter wondered why other show creators have to go through Amazon’s "democratic pilot process" but Allen got a straight-to-multiple-episode order. Amazon drama chief Morgan Wandell gave another answer that frustrated the reporters, that time with seeking-the-best-shows talk.