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Amazon to remake UK hit Utopia

Amazon Studios has greenlit a straight-to-series order for Utopia, based on the British series of the same name written by Dennis Kelly. The nine-episode series will be written by Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn, who has simultaneously inked an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Flynn is the creator, executive producer and showrunner of Utopia, and executive producers will include […]

Video ‘driving adoption’ as Amazon Prime passes 100m members

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has revealed in his yearly shareholders letter that Prime now has 100 million members, which he partly attributes to continuing content expansion. In the statement, Bezos said that Prime Video, “continues to drive Prime Member adoption and retention.” The company’s expansion in content and investment in originals such as The Marvelous Mrs. […]

Movistar+ and Dailymotion on Amazon Fire TV Stick

Telefónica’s Movistar+ TV service is now available on the Amazon Fire TV Stick following the integration of the Movistar+ app on the device. Users of Amazon Fire TV Sticks can now view the channels to which they subscribe, and all content that is available on-demand including movies, series, kids shows, documentaries and other programmes. Users […]

Amazon Prime adds dating show to Indian originals

Amazon Prime Video is to bring original reality series Hear Me. Love Me to its platform, based on the concept of blind dating. The format takes a single female looking for love and sets her up on three dates. She’s not allowed to see what her dates look like, and will combine “modern day technology with the […]

Amazon teams up with Disney for two series in Europe

Amazon is launching two new series exclusively for Prime Video as part of a new deal with Disney EMEA. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger will be available on Prime Video in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy in June, a day after its US premier. It tells the story of two teenagers from […]

Amazon Channels reportedly primed for French launch

Amazon is mulling a launch of its à la carte pay TV offering Amazon Channels in France, according to local reports. According to BFMTV, citing unnamed sources, Amazon has contacted a number of French channels with a view to building a bouquet for the French market and has recruited an executive based in Paris to […]

Amazon orders Spielberg epic as investment in high-end drama deepens

Amazon Studios has greenlit a straight-to-series order of a four-hour miniseries based on the epic saga of Hernan Cortes, by Steven Spielberg and starred by Javier Bardem. Cortes follows the legendary conqueror, Hernan Cortes, who led a rebellious expedition to the heart of King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire, connecting two civilisations for the first time […]

Channel 5 enters SVOD with More Milkshake! on Amazon Prime

Viacom-owned UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5 is launching its first move into subscription video-on-demand by taking its British preschool programming brand, Milkshake! to Amazon Channels, within Prime Video. The service will be called More Milkshake! and will be available for £2.99 (€3.40) a month, offering programmes such as episodes of of Fireman Sam, Thomas and […]

Cheddar raises US$22m from Liberty Global, Antenna and others

Millennial-focused digital news service, Cheddar, has raised US$22 million in funding, with Liberty Global and Antenna Group coming on board as new investors. The US-based ‘post-cable network’ said it would use the cash to strengthen its balance sheet and to move into “Europe and beyond”. “We own all of our IP and now is the […]

Amazon originals’ impact revealed

The effects of Amazon’s original programming strategy have been laid bare for the first time – and it looks like largely good news for the e-commerce giant. Leaked documents show Amazon’s top originals had drawn five million people to its Amazon Prime shopping club by early 2017. They also show that the first seasons of […]

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