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Brian Otaño ’11 Signs Deal with Amazon Studios

Otaño is a successful playwright and TV writer.

Brian Otaño ’11 (Dramatic Writing*) has signed an amazing deal with Amazon Studios.

Otaño returned to Purchase on September 22, 2021 to speak with PWSW students about his journey post-Purchase.

As reported in Deadline:

Amazon Studios has signed an overall deal with TV scribe and playwright Brian Otaño.

Otaño will create, produce, and write TV projects with Amazon Studios to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. He has multiple projects currently in development with the studio.

“’The landscapes, characters, and subtext Brian is able to create are as entertaining as they are authentic,” said Amazon Studios Head of Development, Marc Resteghini. “From his television work to the wide variety of plays he has written for the stage, we are energized by Brian’s creativity and look forward to all he has to offer.’”

He most recently served as executive story editor on the YA series Panic under his overall deal with Amazon. He previously wrote on Freeform’s Cruel Summer.

His theatre work includes co-writing the play You Across From Me for the Actors Theatre of Louisville, along with writing The Dust, Tara, Zero Feet Away, The Dooley Street Trilogy: Between the Sandbar and the Shore, What We Told the Neighbors, and The Myths We Made.

“’I am beyond thrilled to be starting the next chapter of my writing career with Amazon Studios,” Otaño said in a statement. “Their commitment to elevating bold stories and underrepresented voices is undeniable and I couldn’t have asked for a better creative home.’”

Brian Otaño is an LA-based playwright and TV writer and an alumnus of Echo Theater Company Playwright Lab, Center Theatre Group LA Writers Workshop, Geffen Playhouse Writers Room, Ars Nova Playgroup and Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group.

He is the recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship and the New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellowship.

Workshops/Commissions: Roundabout Theatre Company, UCSB Launchpad, Atlantic Theater Company, Echo Theater Company, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Celebration Theatre and SPACE on Ryder Farm. He is a proud lifetime member of IAMA Theater Company and WGA West.

(*Dramatic Writing is now Playwriting and Screenwriting.)