UPDATED with Tal Yguado’s statement: Sharon Tal Yguado is stepping down as Amazon Studios’ Head of Genre Drama after more than two years. The studio is expected to continue to have a dedicated genre executive with a replacement TBD.
Tal Yguado joined Amazon Studios under its previous regime in January 2017 and was tasked with building a slate of big scope, big event genre series — hourlong science fiction, action, fantasy and horror series.
Only months into her tenure, Tal Yguado became the top scripted programming executive at Amazon Studios following the ousters in fall 2017 of Amazon Studios head Roy Price and his top lieutenant Joe Lewis. She was then named interim head of scripted programming for Amazon Studios, a position she held for the next several months.
Tal Yguado stayed on after Jennifer Salke joined Amazon Studios as new head in spring 2018. Salke subsequently named Vernon Sanders and Albert Cheng co-heads of television.
During her tenure, Tal Yguado worked on a number of upcoming series, most notably Lord Of the Rings, on which she had been the lead executive since the start. She also oversaw the new series The Boys, which just premiered, The Dark Tower pilot, as well as the upcoming series The Wheel Of Time and Tales From the Loop and a development slate that includes Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy’s The Peripheral. She also spearheaded overall deals with The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman and Stranger Things’ Justin Doble.
“I have decided to leave Amazon Studios,” Tal Yguado said in a statement. “I am so proud of what we have accomplished in record time. I enjoyed my time at Amazon and loved seeing this place grow and evolve. I am leaving with wonderful memories and I look forward to seeing the projects I cultivated come to life as an Amazon Prime subscriber and a lover of genre programming.”
Before joining Amazon Studios, Tal Yguado served as EVP Global Scripted Programming at Fox Networks Group and Head of Fox International Studios. In her 13 years at Fox, she oversaw the company’s global content strategy and supervised such projects for the Fox International Channels as AMC’s The Walking Dead and FX’s Marvel drama Legion, which FIC is distributing internationally, and Cinemax’s Outcast, which the company developed, produces and distributes internationally.