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Amazon gets European exec teams in place as it “bulks up” unscripted

Amazon is staffing up across Europe with commissioning and business affairs teams in major markets, while “bulking up” unscripted efforts as it looks for more reality and documentary fare out of the UK and Spain. Georgia Brown, director of European originals at Amazon, said the business is going through a “heavy period of investment” as […]

Amazon’s global profile sparks Grand Tour format change

Jeremy Clarkson has said that The Grand Tour’s increasingly international profile on Amazon Prime Video has led to key changes that make the motoring format more global-facing. The presenter, who hosts the series with Richard Hammond and James May, said various format points were evaluated ahead of the show’s third series, which debuts on Friday (18 January) […]

Sony’s anime service joins Amazon Channels UK line-up

Sony Pictures Television’s anime service, FunimationNow, has joined the Amazon Prime Video Channels line-up in the UK. The rollout marks SPT’s first service launch on Prime Video in the UK and Funimation joins Amazon’s roster of more than 70 channels that are available as individual subscriptions for Prime subscribers. Funimation is priced at £4.99 (US$6.50) […]

Amazon rules out Prime Video AVOD plans

Amazon has said it has no plans to launch an ad-supported version of its Amazon Prime service but declined to comment on speculation that an IMDb-branded AVOD service is in the works. On the company’s third quarter earnings call, Amazon executives were asked to shed light on recent reports that it is working on an […]

Amazon names head of international originals

Amazon has appointed James Farrell as its head of international originals. In the newly created role, the former head of content for international expansion is to lead the global originals team across Europe, Japan, India, Mexico and Brazil, in addition to new territories in the future. The former Sony Pictures Entertainment distribution exec first joined […]

Amazon greenlights Burnett’s Eco-Challenge, partners with Neil Gaiman

Amazon Studios has greenlit a revival of competition series Eco-Challenge from Survivor creator Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls. The SVOD platform has ordered Eco-Challenge 2019, which sends more than 50 teams on a 350-mile race that spans canoeing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting and scuba diving. The program (pictured below), which aired in the 1990s across Discovery Channel […]

Amazon strikes overall deal with Handmaid’s Tale director

Amazon has struck an overall deal with The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano. Morano, who made history as the first woman to win both an Emmy and Director Guild Award for a drama for her work on the Hulu programme, will create original series for the SVOD. Morano’s credits include feature films I Think We’re […]

Amazon hires ex-Eurodata exec for EMEA

Amazon Prime Video has hired former Eurodata exec Sahar Baghery as senior business development executive for EMEA. In the newly created position, Baghery will be in charge of expanding Amazon’s business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. She will be based in London. Most recently, she worked with the France-based Authors and Composers […]

Amazon beefs up drama slate

Amazon Prime Video has announced a number of new shows aimed at consolidating the service’s position among the prestige drama market. The headline announcement is an October debut for The Romanoffs, the first new show from Mad Men creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner. The original anthology series is set to premiere on Friday, 12th October […]

Amazon snaps up rights to Witherspoon’s Daisy Jones

Amazon Studios’ Jennifer Salke says the streaming service has agreed a pre-emptive series order for 13 episodes of a drama based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s highly sought-after novel, Daisy Jones & The Six, co-produced by Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine outfit. Circle of Confusion is also co-producer of the title. It will launch exclusively on […]

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