Amazon signs major movie distribution deal with NBCUniversal

Amazon has agreed a deal with Universal to bolster its Prime Video and IMDb TV services. The licensing agreement will see Amazon gain access to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group live-action titles in an exclusive pay-one window. The deal, Amazon’s first exclusive rights arrangement in the US with a major movie studio, is estimated to be […]

Jeff Bezos officially hands over Amazon reins to AWS boss Jassy

Andy Jassy has officially succeeded Jeff Bezos as the CEO of Amazon. Bezos announced his departure from the top of the company earlier this year, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) boss Andy Jassy replacing him as CEO. While the company initially listed Q3 as the transition date, it confirmed the handover of July 5 at […]

Elizabeth Warren calls on FTC to review ‘anticompetitive’ Amazon-MGM deal

US senator Elizabeth Warren has said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should carry out a thorough review of Amazon’s takeover of MGM. Amazon announced a US$8.5 billion deal to acquire the James Bond studio in late May, and has said that it will focus on its ‘reimagining and developing’ IP from MGM’s library. Warren […]

Vestel adds Amazon Music to smart TVs

TV maker Vestel has announced the launch of Amazon Music on its smart TVs. The app is available on all Vestel-manufactured smart TV ranges across Europe produced after 2018, including those designed for many well-known brands such as Toshiba, Hitachi, Polaroid, JVC, Panasonic, Bush, Alba.  The app, available now, gives Amazon Prime members access to […]

Global content spend hit US$220 billion in 2020 with Disney leading charge

The gross cash spend on the global production and licensing of new content for streaming platforms reached a new high last year, rising by 16.4% in 2020 to reach $220bn, according to new research from UK-based firm Purely. Amid this boom, The Walt Disney Company emerged as the biggest single global spender on content in […]

LFP president waves off Canal+ protests and calls for common sense

Vincent Labrune, the president of the French Professional Football League (LFP) says that “common sense” is required from Canal+ amid the broadcaster’s boycott of Ligue 1. The Vivendi-owned broadcaster is furious over the decision to award the league’s largest rights package to Amazon for €259 million-per season, and has said that it will not broadcast […]

beIN undecided over Ligue 1 move following Canal+ boycott

Qatar-based broadcaster beIN is yet to decide on its next steps following Canal+’s decision to boycott Ligue 1. beIN holds the rights to two fixtures per week for the 2020-24 via a sublicensing deal with Canal+ worth €332 million per year.  Earlier this month, Canal+ was awarded a rights package equating to 20% of the […]

Canal+ threatens boycott of Ligue 1 over Amazon rights award

French broadcaster Canal+ has threatened to pull out of its rights deal with Ligue 1 over the decision to award the largest rights package to Amazon. The French professional league (LFP) announced deals with Canal+ and Amazon until 2024 last week.  The league had previously signed a blockbuster deal with Sino-Spanish media company Mediapro, but […]

Amazon ‘poised to make offer’ for Ligue 1 rights

Amazon is set to make a “credible” offer for the French Ligue 1 football rights that Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro was forced to hand back after failing to make the payments it had committed to, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, contact between Amazon and the French […]

Amazon to ‘reimagine & develop’ MGM shows after $8.45bn deal

Amazon will “reimagine and develop” IP from the MGM slate following its $8.45bn deal for the US studio, according to CEO Jeff Bezos. The acquisition, which was confirmed yesterday, will see more than 17,000 hours of MGM TV fall under the Amazon banner, ranging from dramas such as Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale to unscripted series including Shark Tank, Vanderpump Rules and The Hills. […]