Exclusive: We understand that Sandino Moya Smith, Chief Production and Development Officer at Amazon Studios MGM, was unfortunately part of the cuts the streaming/theatrical studio made this morning.
Moya Smith, who was also involved in the development and physical production, was recently working on the Doug Liman film. Road house Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a former UFC middleweight fighter who ends up working in a rowdy bar in the Florida Keys where things are not as they seem. Moya Smith was also supervising Wrecking crewthe buddy action comedy from Dave Bautista and Jason Momoa Blue beetle Director Angel Manuel Soto. The executive was part of the film's teams supervised by Courtenay Valenti and Julie Rappaport.
Moya Smith was hired during the era of Jonathan Glickman's management of MGM Motion Picture Group, and continued to work throughout the Michael De Luca-Pamela Abdi regime's absorption of the studio by Amazon. Prior to Amazon's acquisition of MGM, Moya Smith was Vice President of Production at MGM.
Among the projects he worked on were Landscape with an invisible hand, Pussy IslandAnd Tomb rider In addition to No time to die, respectAnd Samaritan.
Prior to joining MGM, he was Vice President of Production at Limelight Entertainment where he worked together Palm Springswhich ended up selling a significant amount of Sundance 2020 to NEON/Hulu for what was then a festival-record $22 million.
Moya Smith was a production executive at June Pictures, where he worked on films including… Florida Project (2017), Book club (2018), Wildlife (2018), and My friend (2018).
Before that, he worked with director Gary Ross on films such as… hunger Games (2012). Moya Smith was an associate producer Jones Free State (2016), and The eighth ocean (2018). The CEO is a graduate of San Francisco State University.
Moya-Smith did not return a request for comment by deadline.
The number of layoffs at Amazon today reached several hundred across Prime Video and Amazon Studios.
Sources also told Deadline that of those released today — many of them didn't see it coming, and were completely blown away.
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