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Amazon wins first Children’s BAFTA

Produced by Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment for Amazon Prime Video, Tumble Leaf follows a blue fox named Fig and his caterpillar friends as they go on adventures to learn about science. The show was created by Kelli Bixler and Drew Hodges. Tumble Leaf bested Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins and Vampirina as well as Amazon Prime Video’s The Stinky And Dirty Show. […]

Amazon ‘among bidders’ for Fox US sports networks

Amazon will be among the bidders for the 22 US regional sports networks to be sold off by Disney to secure regulatory approval for its takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business, according to a report by CNBC. According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is bidding for all 22 networks, including a joint bid […]

Viacom’s Paramount to make pictures for Netflix as OTT strategy takes shape

Viacom’s Paramount Pictures is to make movies for Netflix as part of a new deal between the pair, unveiled at the end of last week. Speaking on Viacom’s full-year results conference call at the end of the week, Paramount boss James Gianopoulis said that the studio was “exploring new revenue streams in addition to theatrical […]

Vodafone and Orange set for Amazon Prime Video in Spain

Vodafone and Orange’s Spanish units are both set to incorporate Amazon Prime Video into their offerings. Vodafone today announced a deal that will see it become the first Spanish operator to commercialise Amazon’s voice assistants Echo and Echo Dot as part of its smart home portfolio. Vodafone director of products and innovation Blanca Echániz also […]

Amazon is not too big to fail, says Bezos

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has said that the Seattle-headquartered business is “not too big to fail”. The CEO, who was speaking at a staff meeting last week, was responding to an employee question around what Bezos had learned from the bankruptcy of major North American retailers such as the 125-year-old department store Sears, which filed […]

SPT’s FunimationNow joins Amazon’s UK channels line-up

Sony Pictures Television’s anime service, FunimationNow, has joined the Amazon Prime Video Channels line-up in the UK. The rollout marks SPT’s first service launch on Prime Video in the UK and FunimationNow joins Amazon’s roster of more than 70 channels that are available as individual subscriptions for Prime subscribers. FunimationNow is priced at £4.99 per […]

Netgem TV strikes deal with Channels Islands telco

TV technology and service provider Netgem TV has struck a customer loyalty partnership deal for its Amazon Prime-including offering with Channels Island telco JT, formerly Jersey Telecom. JT and Netgem TV will offer JT customers a Netgem SoundBox packaged with Amazon Prime for new and existing customers. By signing up to a JT Pay Monthly […]

Amazon Studios names unscripted content chief

Amazon Studios has named former CBS head of alternative programming Chris Castallo as its new unscripted chief, replacing Heather Schuster who departed the business in August. Schuster left the business after an internal investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour was conducted by Amazon. Castallo will now oversee unscripted TV development and report to Amazon’s co-heads of […]

Germany set to ‘displace UK’ as leading European SVOD market

Germany is set to surpass the UK as Europe’s strongest video-on-demand market following strong growth by Netflix and Amazon, according to an analysis by Ampere Analysis and video-on-demand service Cirkus. According to the analysis, Netflix gained about 400,000 new subscribers in Germany from the end of the second quarter and Amazon Prime gained nearly 700,000. Compared […]

Amazon names head of international originals

Amazon has appointed James Farrell as its head of international originals. In the newly created role, the former head of content for international expansion is to lead the global originals team across Europe, Japan, India, Mexico and Brazil, in addition to new territories in the future. The former Sony Pictures Entertainment distribution exec first joined […]