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Amazon looking to expand originals beyond core markets

Amazon is looking to further expand original production beyond the core international markets it already produces shows in, according to James Farrell, head of international originals, Amazon Studios, with shows being developed for markets including India and Japan as well as territories in Europe outside its existing core markets of the UK, Germany, Italy and […]

Amazon denies ambition to ‘gobble up rights’ and names European Studios execs

Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown has outlined the company’s rapidly growing commissioning structure across the continent and reiterated that the streamer doesn’t want to “gobble up all rights.” Amazon Studios has been focusing its attention on setting up offices across Europe over the past six months, with its “first phase” of appointing country-based […]

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 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 […]

Amazon inks first-look deal with Game of Thrones producer

Game of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. With the hire, the studio will gain access to Gerardis’ intellectual property library from science fiction and fantasy authors such as Robert Silberberg and David Brin. Gerardis has a history of packaging and selling TV projects based on literary titles. He […]

Amazon Studios names Vernon Sanders as co-head of TV

TV industry veteran Vernon Sanders has been drafted in as co-head of television at Amazon Studios. Working alongside Albert Cheng, he will oversee creative and production units for Amazon Prime Video. Commenting on the appointment, Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said: “Vernon’s undeniable expertise in nurturing talent and creative material will be a huge asset […]

NBC’s Jennifer Salke replaces Roy Price at Amazon Studios

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke is set to become Amazon Studio’s head of content, replacing Roy Price who departed in October. Price departed the company amid sexual harassment claims late last year, which preceeded the departures of Amazon Studios department heads such as Joe Lewis and Conrad Riggs. In the interim, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng […]

Riggs exits as Schuster rises in Amazon shake-up

Conrad Riggs, Amazon Studios’ head of unscripted content, has been released from the company and replaced by senior creative executive Heather Schuster. Following the exits of Roy Price, Joe Lewis and Morgan Wandell this October, Riggs departs after three years with the company. Riggs played a key role in bringing Jeremy Clarkson’s successful Grand Tour […]

Amazon Studios chief Price suspended on sexual harassment allegations

Amazon Studios has suspended its head, Roy Price, after allegations he sexually harassed a producer and ignored a complaint over about Harvey Weinstein. The Man in the High Castle producer – and daughter of lat sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick – Isa Hackett went on record in The Hollywood Reporter claiming he propositioned her in […]

Amazon reveals originals trends in UK

Amazon Prime Video has revealed that Bryan Cranston-created drama Sneaky Pete is its most popular drama this year in the UK. Unsurprisingly, The Grand Tour ranks as its most popular unscripted series, while American Gods is its most watched fantasy series and Just Add Magic is the leading kids show. Yesterday, Amazon Studios chief Roy […]

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