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Amazon Prime Video France promotes Baghery to country manager

Amazon Prime Video in France has named Sahar Baghery as its new head of content, replacing Isabelle Bertrand. Baghery has been at the streamer since 2018, joining as business development chief for France and MENA and most recently leading EMEA programming for Amazon Studios. She has also worked with the France-based Authors and Composers Society, […]

Parrot Analytics: US streamer originals still most in-demand in Russia

Original drama series from Netflix and other global streamers continue to be in demand in Russia despite not being available legally in the country, according to data from Parrot Analytics. Global hit Stranger Things topped the list of most ‘in demand’ shows for the week commencing July 3. The show was over 66 times more […]

Prime Video has invested ‘more than £1bn’ in UK content

Amazon Prime Video says has invested more than £1 billion in UK TV, movies, and live sport since 2018. The streamer also used its Prime Video Presents UK showcase event to highlight new UK originals and casting news. The £1 billion invested over the last four years includes spend on UK Amazon Original series including […]

Amazon Prime Video ramps up investment in French originals

Amazon Prime Video has greenlit seven new French Amazon Original productions. Unveiling the titles at its Prime Video Presents France 2022 showcase event in Paris, Amazon Prime also offered first looks at previously announced local originals and exclusives, and revealed the list of sports talent that will anchor its upcoming coverage of Roland-Garros in France next […]

Amazon move likely as FFF opens bidding for Coupe de France rights

The French Football Federation (FFF) has opened bidding for domestic and international rights to the Coupe de France football competition for the three seasons until 2026, amid speculation that Amazon is likely to be in the running for the French rights. The domestic rights to the competition are currently held by Discovery’s Eurosport and pubcaster […]

Rialto streamer launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels Japan

Rialto International, the streaming JV backed by media entrepreneur and investor Bruce Tuchman and New Zealand’s Rialto Channel, has launched a branded on-demand streaming service focused on independent film on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Japan. The service features curated films from independent film producers and distributors. Tuchman recently launched Rialto International, a 50-50 joint […]

Amazon completes acquisition of MGM

Amazon has formally completed its $8.5bn acquisition of MGM after the US Federal Trade Commission declined to block the deal, prompting a raft of questions and some answers about how the US studio will fit into the retail giant’s operations. The buy-out from MGM’s investors led by Anchorage Capital represents Amazon’s second biggest-ever deal and […]

Amazon secures EC approval for MGM acquisition

Amazon has won European Commission (EC) approval to acquire James Bond, The Handmaid’s Tale and Vikings studio MGM. The US$8.5bn acquisition, which is now waiting for approval by the US Federal Trade Commission, represents Amazon’s second biggest-ever deal. European Union (EU) officials said there was limited overlap between the companies and added that it would not lead to reduced competition […]

Amazon picks Screach for distribution of Ligue 1 to commercial venues in France

Prime Video has announced a partnership with Screach to distribute its broadcasts of French Ligue 1 football to commercial venues in France. Screach is a cloud-based streaming and ad platform that allows venues to access HD events via subscription or pay-per-view. It is available in 157 countries, based out of the UK and has a […]

FilmBox Arthouse launches on Amazon Prime Channels in Netherlands

SPI/FilmBox’s FilmBox Arthouse service has launched on Amazon Prime Video Channels in the Netherlands as an add-on paid monthly subscription package. The package currently features a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) proposition that allows viewers to choose the movies they would like to watch with the linear channel launch scheduled for later in the year. FilmBox Arthouse […]