As Head of Drama Development for Amazon Studios, the original content production arm of Seattle-based Amazon.com, Morgan Wandell supervises the development and production of all one-hour original shows.
Over his career, he has shepherded numerous acclaimed shows from conception to broadcast, including Amazon’s critically-acclaimed The Man in the High Castle, Bosch, and the upcoming Gotham created by David E. Kelly. Wandell also has held key leadership roles in media companies producing cutting-edge nonfiction and new media programming.
Before joining Amazon Studios, Wandell was an Executive Producer of ABC’s No Ordinary Family and President of Berlanti Television, the ABC Studios-based production company behind primetime dramas such as Brothers and Sisters, Eli Stone, and Dirty Sexy Money.
Prior to becoming a producer, Wandell spent many years as a senior development and programming executive at ABC Studios, assembling the creative team that launched international hit franchises Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Grey’s Anatomy. Through his vision, the studio expanded its programming slate to include character-based and procedural shows for ABC, such as Private Practice, Ugly Betty, and Castle. Breaking with its reputation as an in-house producer, he also led the studio’s effort to aggressively sell programming to other outside networks, resulting in Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds at CBS, Reaper for the CW, Lifetime’s hit Army Wives, and first run syndication entry Legend of the Seeker among many others. Over the course of four years and principally due to its growing stable of drama series under Wandell, ABC Studios expanded from $400 million in annual production spending to over $1.5 billion per year.
In addition to his experience in scripted programming, Wandell has successfully managed content teams to create innovative forms of television journalism, nonfiction programming, and new media geared towards youth audiences. Prior to rejoining ABC Studios, he was President of Programming for the Channel One Network, which produced the Peabody award-winning daily newscast Channel One News. Under his leadership, Channel One News producers and reporters circled the globe to report breaking news, features, and long form series from Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, China and many other hot spots. Through Channel One’s production arm, Hacienda Productions, Wandell led the development and production of the highly-regarded MTV documentary series Breaking It Down and the 9/11 special for the WB, called The Day It All Changed.
Prior to Channel One, he was Vice President of Development for Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), the online entertainment network geared toward Generation Y. In this role, he oversaw entertainment and news-based programming, managed the production and execution of video and animation, and hired key creative staff. He also developed and managed key business relationships for new content acquisitions, and was instrumental in restructuring new product areas across the company, resulting in up to 50% monthly cost savings.
A native of Champaign, Illinois, Wandell holds a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif.