Amazon Studios

Prime Video orders ‘Ebuka Turns Up Africa’ & seeks Nigerian unscripted

Prime Video has announced Ebuka Turns Up Africa, a travel-reality show following Nigerian TV personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu as he and five friends take a VIP tour across Africa. The show was unveiled on a panel at MIPCOM in Cannes this morning, with Ned Mitchell, head of originals for Africa & Middle East, for Amazon MGM […]

‘Gen V’s Eric Kripke & Michele Fazekas on taking the ‘The Boys’ back to school

Mark Layton talks to Gen V showrunner Michele Fazekas and exec producer Eric Kripke about exploding genitalia, The X-Men and a more grounded approach to superpowers in Prime Video’s The Boys spin-off. After three critically acclaimed seasons of The Boys on Prime Video, the US superhero franchise expanded with the launch of Gen V late […]

Amazon Studios’ UK production chief Frank Murray exits to launch new prodco

Amazon Studios production chief in the UK, Frank Murray, has become the latest exec to depart the streamer and is launching his own production firm. Murray, who had been Amazon Studios’ UK & pan-English head of scripted production for two years, is setting up a new US/UK-focused film & TV production venture whose name has […]

Amazon Studios rejigs with new roles for originals, co-pros & limited series execs

Amazon Studios has promoted three executives, with Kara Smith, Jon Wax and Andy Bourne expanding their roles and taking on new responsibilities. The changes were announced in a joint internal memo from Amazon Studios’ head of TV, Vernon Sanders; head of international originals, James Farrell; and Laura Lancaster, head of SVOD TV development & series, […]

Spending squeeze drives ‘value for money’ commissions & copros as ‘Citadel’ franchise raises questions

Streamer spending cuts are fuelling a deeper shift into “value for money” programming and coproductions that can target global audiences, while Amazon is looking to expand its franchise strategy following the launch of big budget drama Citadel. Production companies have faced a barrage of headwinds over the past six months as global streamers overhauled commissioning […]

Amazon opens ‘The Office’ in Australia on Prime Video

Amazon-owned SVOD Prime Video has ordered an Australian adaptation of BBC Studios scripted comedy format The Office, with the first-ever female lead for the franchise. Actor and comedian Felicity Ward (Wakefield, The Inbetweeners 2) will star in the series as Hannah Howard, the managing director of packaging company Flinley Craddick. When she gets news from […]

Amazon Studios moves into distribution with new Chris Ottinger-led sales division

Amazon Studios will sell its originals including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hunters to buyers around the world, after setting up a new sales arm. Amazon MGM Studios Distribution will sell both films and TV from the Amazon originals slate, as well as current and library titles from MGM. Its first outing will be the […]

Amazon Studios & Prime Video cuts 100 staff, with unscripted among roles hit

Amazon has cut around 100 jobs from its Amazon Studios and Prime Video operations, with a handful of execs affected. The details, which emerged as Amazon posted Q1 profits of $3.17bn on Thursday, are the latest layoffs affecting the retail giant, which has cut 27,000 roles across all areas of its business since January. Tracey […]

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