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Amazon Studios names heads of drama and comedy

Transparent producer Amazon Studios has named Nick Hall as head of drama and promoted Gina Kwon and Ryan Andolina as co-heads of comedy. Hall, Kwon and Andolina have moved as part of a reshuffle, as first reported by Deadline earlier today. Hall initially joined Amazon as head of development of the digital service’s half-hour comedy […]

MTG takes Amazon’s Mozart for Viaplay

Modern Times Group’s on-demand service Viaplay in Sweden has picked up Amazon original drama Mozart in the Jungle. The series is produced by Amazon Studios and plays exclusively on its Prime Instant Video service in the UK, US and Germany. The pilot was penned Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) and follows a New York classical musician. Amazon greenlit […]

Amazon to rival Netflix with original movies

Amazon Studios is to begin to produce and acquire original movies for early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The move comes soon after Netflix promised to shake up the “antiquated” movie distribution model by producing and debuting its own films. Amazon Studios has now followed suit. To this end, the production arm of e-commerce giant […]

Amazon launches third pilot season

Amazon has launched five new pilots and is asking its Prime Instant Video subs in the US and UK to vote and comment on the quintet of new shows. Amazon will solicit the thoughts of customers ahead of selecting which shows will be taken to series. Votes and comments are elements in the selection process, […]

Amazon making Mena Suvari pilot with Universal

Amazon is making Hysteria, a new one-hour drama starring Mena Suvari (American Beauty). The pilot will be made by Amazon Studios, Universal Television and Alcon Television, the TV arm of movie producer Alcon Entertainment. Suvari will play Dr Logan Harlen, a medic investigating an epidemic that is spreading through her home town of Austin, Texas. […]

Second pilots round ‘up 100%’ for Amazon

Amazon Instant Video has revealed figures showing its second original pilots season has outscored the first in streamed views by 100%. The US SVOD service launched 10 pilots last week and initial feedback showed 85% of reviews were four or five stars and that the average number of streams had increased 100% for primetime pilots […]

Amazon makes 4K production commitment

Amazon Studios, the original film and TV production arm of the online shopping giant, has pledged to shoot all of its full original series next year in Ultra HD, also known as 4K. Amazon said the decision would apply to all new pilots and series that it films in 2014 and will include both comedy […]

‘Early days’ for LoveFilm content strategy

Amazon-owned VOD service LoveFilm is looking to up its exclusive content and original show commissions, with chief marketing officer Simon Morris admitting it is still “early days” for the firm.  Speaking to DTVE at the press launch of Crossing Lines, the latest in a string of original drama series that LoveFilm has secured for the […]

Amazon aiming to step up pilot production

Amazon is looking to up the volume of original productions it takes to pilot by developing on its recently launched Amazon Storyteller tool, according to Amazon Studios director Roy Price.  Delivering a keynote presentation at MIPCOM in Cannes yesterday, Price said that by evolving Storyteller – a tool that is designed to easily turn a […]

Amazon orders five more original series pilots

Amazon Studios has ordered five kids series pilots for Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the US, which will also be available to watch on its LoveFilm video-on-demand service in the UK. The streaming service has been moving into original production and testing pilots with subscribers who provide feedback online, helping the OTT provider make […]