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Join Harvardwood for a conversation with Director of Content Acquisition and the Head of the Worldwide Major Studio Licensing & Strategy Team for Amazon Prime
Ayanna Lonian AB '99
Ever wondered how streaming services acquire and put out content? Come find out!!
Ayanna leads a team of content acquisition executives which is responsible for negotiating global content licensing agreements with US major studios and TV network groups to secure the SVOD (streaming, subscription on-demand video) rights to popular TV series and movies which Amazon makes available on its Prime Video streaming service on a worldwide basis.
Ayanna oversees the daily business activities, general management and business functions for Prime Video Direct (PVD) (https://videodirect.amazon.com) on a worldwide basis. She is also responsible for managing the dedicated team of content acquisition executives who acquire locally produced and US/Hollywood content on behalf of Prime Video’s service in sub-Saharan Africa (e.g., South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya etc.).
Prior to her current role at Amazon, Ayanna was on the content distribution team for The Walt Disney Company’s Disney and ESPN Media Networks (DEMN) division, responsible for ABC Entertainment, ABC News Now, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPNU content on linear TV and digital platforms.
Prior to The Walt Disney Company, Ayanna was a member of the Corporate Planning team at The New York Times Company. In this role, she performed valuation and due diligence analysis to support corporate acquisitions, including NYTCo.’s $33M acquisition of ConsumerSearch.com.
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