Creative Galaxy


9 Story buys Daniel Tiger prodco

Canada’s 9 Story Media Group remains in acquisitive mood – this time round buying the company behind Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (pictured). The deal for Out of the Blue Enterprises comes after 9 Story’s transformational acquisition of Ireland’s Brown Bag Films in 2016. 9 Story is buying 100% of the shares, with Out of the Blue […]

Amazon deal monitor: Prime’s time

Amazon’s initial slate of originals was mostly well received, but failed to set the TV world alight. Then along came Jeffrey Tambur cross-dressing drama Transparent, which not only garnered masses of column inches, but also bagged awards and critical acclaim. Some commentators described as “Amazon’s House of Cards moment”. SVOD service Amazon Prime Instant Video […]

News brief: Amazon renews raft of kids originals

Amazon has given second-season orders to several of its original kids series. Creative Galaxy, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (pictured) and Tumble Leaf have all been renewed for Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service. The quartet of kids series were among Amazon’s first wave of original programme orders. They will sit alongside recently ordered kids […]

Discovery Kids engages Annedroids

Discovery Kids Latin America has acquired the first two seasons of Amazon’s hybrid animation kids original Annedroids. The deal for the 52x30mins Canadian CGI/live action hybrid series, from Sinking Ship Entertainment in association with TVOKids and sold by Picture Box Distribution, covers most of Latin America. The exception is Brazil, where Picture Box has sold […]

Amazon’s Q3 original video spend to hit $100m

Amazon is planning “significant growth” in its original content spend, increasing its investment in Prime Instant Video productions to more than US$100 million in Q3. Speaking on the firm’s second quarter earnings call, Amazon chief financial officer Tom Szkutak said: “We’re ramping up the spend from Q2 to Q3 significantly,” and adding: “It’ll also be […]

Amazon sets global launch dates for original kids series

Amazon has announced the roll out plans in the US and UK for its first slate of original kids series. A trio of Amazon Studios original kids shows – Tumble Leaf (pictured), Creative Galaxy and Annedroids – will launch using a semi ‘binge-viewing’ model. The first six episodes of each series will be launched simultaneously […]

Amazon says original series Alpha House wins the weekend

Having launched the first episodes of Alpha House last Friday (November 15), Amazon said its original comedy series was the most-watched show on its streaming service over the weekend. Earlier this year Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, told TBI that the company would eschew the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of a series […]

Amazon, Xbox cool on Netflix’s binge model

The executives running the content arms of Amazon and Xbox have separately told TBI they have serious reservations about the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of an original series at once. Amazon Studios is about to release a slew of originals for its Amazon Instant Prime service in the US following a fruitful wave […]

Amazon orders five more original series pilots

Amazon Studios has ordered five kids series pilots for Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the US. The streaming service has been moving into original production and testing pilots with subscribers who provide feedback online, helping the OTT provider make its final selection. The quintet of new shows are all aimed at kids aged 6-to-11. […]

Amazon chooses first-ever original TV series

Amazon has selected the pilots that it will take to series with a John Goodman comedy, another from True Blood director Michael Lehmann and three kids series. The five series come from a pool of 14 pilots that Amazon launched on its Prime Instant Video service in the US and Lovefilm service in the UK […]