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Amazon partners with Tracy Oliver, Amy Poehler for comedy

Amazon Studios is broadening its comedy offering by ordering a 10-part female-focused series from Tracy Oliver (pictured), with Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions also attached. The untitled show is a single-camera comedy that follows four black women who were friends from college as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams. It is being produced […]

Amazon in talks with YouTube’s Wax for drama role

Amazon Studios is in talks to appoint YouTube Premium’s scripted exec Jon Wax following the recent exit of genre head Sharon Tal Yguado. YouTube pulled back on plans to build a slate of high-end drama and comedies last year, with shows instead being offered on both its ad-supported site and its Premium subscription service. That […]

Amazon orders second YA project to series with ‘The Wilds’

Amazon has ordered its second YA project in recent weeks, picking up The Wilds to series. Created by Daredevil scribe Sarah Streicher, the drama follows a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds who survive a plane crash and end up on a desert island as part of an elaborate social experiment. Amazon ordered a […]

Good Omens: Adapting the unadaptable

The creative team behind BBC Studios and Amazon Studios’ Good Omens tells Manori Ravindran how they adapted the unadaptable, bringing Terry Pratchett’s final wish to life Ten years ago, it would have been inconceivable to adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 fantasy novel Good Omens for the screen. Written “as a bit of fun” […]

Amazon Studios greenlights James May travel doc

Amazon Studios has commissioned a six-part unscripted series with The Grand Tour presenter James May, titled Our Man In…Japan. Fifteen years after May first visited Japan as a baffled tourist, he embarks on a quest to understand the unique, extraordinary and complex country. He will embark on an epic journey across all of Japan from […]

TBI Scripted: Deals for Amazon, MGM, BBC Studios & SF Studios

Amazon greenlights The Power, We Children from Bahnhof Zoo Amazon has greenlit a 10-part series based on Naomi Alderman’s novel The Power from Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures. The title, which was optioned by Sister in 2017, is set in a fictitious world in which women gain the ability to electrocute people at will. Alderman has adapted her book for […]

Berlinale: Amazon will look for “more curation” than competitors

Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke has said that while the business has become a global home for talent, it is looking for “more curation” than its competitors, during a press conference for new drama Hanna at the Berlinale Series. Salke, who inherited Hanna when she joined as head of Amazon Studios this time last year, says she has spent […]

Amazon to adapt BBC Three’s People Just Do Nothing

Amazon is adapting BBC Three comedy People Just Do Nothing. The global SVOD has ordered a pilot based on the mockumentary-style comedy, which has aired across four series in the UK and is set to end later this year with a fifth series. The half-hour program will be produced by Ash Atalla’s London-based prodco Roughcut […]

Amazon replaces Schuster with Castallo for unscripted post

Amazon Studios has named former CBS head of alternative programming Chris Castallo as its new unscripted chief, replacing Heather Schuster who departed the business in August. Schuster left the business after an internal investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour was administered by Amazon. Castallo will now oversee unscripted TV development and report to Amazon’s co-heads of […]

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