Vernon Sanders

EXCLUSIVE: Summer could also be over, however The Summer I Turned Pretty continues to be heating issues up at Prime Video.

Season 2 of Jenny Han’s YA adaptation is at present the streamer’s No. 2 most-viewed sequence to this point amongst girls 18-34, behind solely Rings of Power, based on Prime Video. It’s additionally the most-completed sequence to-date amongst that demographic.

The sequence has additionally pushed subscription development this summer season, Amazon studies. The Summer I Turned Pretty is amongst Prime Video’s Top 3 sequence when it comes to world acquisition (and, once more, No. 1 with girls 18-34).

Audiences returned to Cousins Beach in July, they usually introduced a couple of new faces with them. In the primary three days that the premiere episodes had been out there on Prime Video, the sequence doubled its Season 1 premiere viewers.

It shouldn’t be a shock that the sequence was already renewed for a third season. According to Vernon Sanders, head of tv, Amazon and MGM Studios, there could possibly be extra in retailer as effectively.

“It had been one in all our objectives for years to have that defining present for that viewers,” Sanders instructed Deadline. “So we’re simply over the moon…This present goes to proceed to be an enormous centerpiece for us, and we completely have plans to proceed constructing it. Jenny’s bought nice imaginative and prescient for the place she needs to go along with all of it, however we’re already arduous at work growing complementary items.”

In the interview under, Sanders spoke with Deadline concerning the success of The Summer I Turned Pretty and gave perception into Amazon Studios’ bigger programming technique for younger grownup content material.

DEADLINE: After Season 1, how did you’re employed to place this as a flagship sequence for Prime Video with a view to enhance it to perform what it has?

VERNON SANDERS: For that, I have to provide a lot credit score to our PR workforce and our advertising workforce for working so intently with Jenny and actually our complete our music workforce. Music for that present is so key, as , and the success we’ve had each seasons partnering with Taylor Swift and her workforce and so many music artists. There’s a pre-existing e-book sequence. There are simply so many alternative parts that every one labored actually intently collectively over the course of launching Season 2. It begins with Jenny and her workforce, after which we had a very engaged group of present executives all through the corporate who had been real followers themselves, and I suppose it was resulting from all of their arduous work. But it’s only a nice present.

DEADLINE: I’m glad you talked about Taylor Swift. What has that relationship been like? Not solely are followers clamoring to listen to which songs can be within the sequence, but it surely’s additionally liable for debuting a number of unreleased tracks.

SANDERS: We have been so delighted and humbled by having had this relationship over the course of the final two seasons, they usually have been extremely beautiful — and, consider it or not, extremely simple to work with. So, we don’t take any of this as a right.I suppose additionally they actually responded to the present. Jenny credit Taylor Swift because the music she was listening to as she was writing these books. It’s simply at all times been infused in how she’s considering and feeling and what’s authored into the present itself. So, to have Taylor’s music, and as you stated, unreleased music within the present, I suppose is past unimaginable.

DEADLINE: Is there something you’ve seen from launching this present that you’d use to tell Amazon’s bigger programming technique, particularly in the case of YA content material?

SANDERS: We take pleasure in {our relationships} with authors. We work with so many, and I suppose the important thing right here is leaning into nice tales which might be actually simply centered on on characters and relationships. This present is all about Jenny’s imaginative and prescient and the tight workforce that she has. As we take into consideration this viewers, I suppose we are going to proceed to search for these authored tales. You don’t want a ton of particular results. It’s not about bells and whistles, it’s nearly characters and common storytelling. I have to provide unimaginable kudos to the solid…they’ve been good of their portrayals and great companions as effectively.

DEADLINE: Even although the sequence is YA, it has a a lot bigger viewers than simply younger individuals. That isn’t unique to

TSITP, however I marvel the way you view the content material as a part of your total programming technique. Do you propose for YA content material to serve that broader viewers in the long run?

SANDERS: It’s an excellent level we speak quite a bit about as we’re growing and dealing with creators on their reveals — actually wanting these twin entry factors. What was occurring for the grownup characters within the first season was so compelling and touching and essential that I suppose that was actually essential. But the opposite factor you acknowledge about that is the books had been written lengthy sufficient in the past that there’s nearly just a little little bit of a generational factor occurring the place there have been individuals who got here to the books in any respect completely different ages, and they also’re in a position to relive what they learn on the web page and in addition invite new readers to return and uncover the e-book. So, I suppose it labored in a number of methods. As we noticed this summer season with the success of Red, White & Royal Blue, I suppose [it was] an analogous factor the place you’re discovering readers in any respect ages and also you begin to see a much bigger factor take form. We even has actual success with our documentary sequence Shiny, Happy People. Again, girls 18-34 got here to that, and although it’s an entire completely different format of storytelling, finally you concentrate on who was drawn to that. There’s their generations of people who find themselves impacted by the actual life story that the documentary coated. So, we’re considering fairly a bit about our predominant entry level once we develop the why. We’re actually making an attempt to ensure that there’s generations that see themselves portrayed. Kelly Day [VP of Prime Video] is a big fan of YA content material and she or he at all times stated, ‘If you make an excellent YA present, individuals of all ages come.’ And I suppose she was actually proper about that.

DEADLINE: Since you talked about Red, White & Royal Blue, I’m curious your philosophy when engaged on these e-book diversifications. How do you’re employed with the authors to strike a stability with the supply materials to serve pre-existing followers whereas additionally making it the perfect it may be for a brand new medium?

SANDERS: I suppose it’s at all times a tough factor, as a result of individuals come to those diversifications with such expectations. It’s so essential to work intently with the authors for that motive. It’s their creation, and so, if one thing goes to be modified or massaged, I suppose followers need to know that they’re okay with it. Their attain is so massive and important. As we had been growing Reacher, it was so essential to have Lee Child assist via that. He was first going out and saying, ‘Watch this model of it. I actually consider in it.’ So it’s at all times tough, however we’re actually lucky once we can have that type of partnership with the creator.

DEADLINE: You talked about complementary items for TSITP. What does that imply?

SANDERS: I will say keep tuned, however Jenny’s bought some thrilling surprises. So we’re thrilled a few Season 3, and she or he’s bought a imaginative and prescient for extra.

DEADLINE: Anything else you’d like so as to add?

SANDERS: We’re gonna preserve working at discovering nice content material for this viewers. We’re so enthusiastic about Gen Z arising, which we see indicators that we would have the ability to carry some new younger girls to The Boys universe. And we now have one other nice present arising subsequent 12 months referred to as My Lady Jane, which we’ve bought excessive hopes for, for this viewers. So we’re going to maintain at it. It’s so essential to us.

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