Mindy Kaling, Amazon Publishing, and Amazon Studios have announced the launch of Mindy’s Book Studio, a boutique story studio that will publish books selected by Kaling from emerging and established voices starting in late 2022.
Amazon Studios and Kaling will work to adapt material published under Mindy’s Book Studio as feature motion pictures to exclusively stream on Prime Video, with Kaling holding first-producer option on adaptations. Julia Sommerfeld, publisher of Amazon Publishing; Lauren O’Connor, head of IP and literary acquisitions at Amazon Studios; and Carmen Johnson, editorial director of Mindy’s Book Studio, will work with Kaling to select stories for publication and adaptation.
In 2023, Amazon Publishing will also publish Kaling’s debut novel under Mindy’s Book Studio. In 2024, Amazon Publishing will publish a new collection of personal essays from Kaling in print, digital, and audio. Amazon Studios has acquired first-look rights for Kaling’s forthcoming novel and essay collection.
Kaling has worked with Amazon on two previous projects. In 2019, she co-wrote, produced, and starred in the Amazon Studios film Late Night. More recently, she published her essay collection Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) under Amazon Original Stories, which was made available for free to Amazon Prime members in the form of six individual narrated Kindle books.
"We could not be more thrilled to expand our collaboration with [Kaling] across Amazon to not only showcase her incredible talents but also introduce new, dynamic storytellers to our global customers," said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.