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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 […]

Du partners with Amazon Prime Video

United Arab Emirates-based operator, Du, has signed a distribution deal with Amazon to offer Prime Video to its customers.   This announcement was made during GITEX Technology Week trade show in Dubai, where the telco is showcasing technologies it claims will “transform the digital services landscape in the UAE”. “Our relationship with Prime Video enables us […]

Amazon unveils new Fire TV Stick 4K with voice remote

Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire TV Stick that supports 4K, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and comes with an all-new Alexa Voice Remote. Amazon claims the new version of the device is “80% more powerful” than its previous generation of Fire TV Stick, which was not ultra HD compatible. The latest iteration, […]

Amazon launches Fire TV Recast DVR

Amazon has unveiled its rumoured companion DVR device, Fire TV Recast, which will allow viewers in the US to watch, record, and replay free over-the-air TV programming. Users can connect Fire TV Recast to an HDTV antenna to stream free channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW over WiFi to a Fire […]

Amazon hires ex-Eurodata exec for EMEA

Amazon Prime Video has hired former Eurodata exec Sahar Baghery as senior business development executive for EMEA. In the newly created position, Baghery will be in charge of expanding Amazon’s business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. She will be based in London. Most recently, she worked with the France-based Authors and Composers […]

Amazon to launch The Grand Tour videogame

Amazon Game Studios is due to launch an episodic racing game based on Prime Original series, The Grand Tour. The Grand Tour Game will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will be updated weekly during season three of the show to tie-in with the cars and locations from each week’s episode. Amazon said that The Grand […]

Amazon unscripted content chief to exit

Amazon’s head of unscripted, Heather Schuster, is to exit the company after an internal investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior was administered by the company. While Amazon has made no formal comment, Schuster’s exit arrived after the company launched an investigation on inappropriate comments made during meetings and misuse of power, according to Deadline, which first reported […]

Comcast to be first US operator to launch Amazon Prime Video

Comcast has partnered with Amazon in a deal that will establish it as the first US pay TV operator to launch Prime Video integrated into its television platform. Amazon Prime Video is due to launch on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 later this year, allowing viewers to watch Prime Originals like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, […]