TBI Weekly: Endemol Shine to monetise ‘deep’ catalogue via Amazon AVOD

As test partner to Freedive, the new ad-supported streamer from Amazon and IMDb, Endemol Shine hopes to replicate the success it has had with Amazon’s self-publishing Video Direct service, which has offered ESG’s titles ‘tens of millions of minutes’ of viewing time on a daily basis. Freedive launched in the US last week with a string […]

Exclusive: Amazon UK hires ITN’s development head for commissioner role

Amazon has hired ITN Productions’ head of development Dan Grabiner, TBI has confirmed.  The exec, who will be based out of Amazon Prime Video’s UK offices, is to serve as a commissioner for the streaming giant. He has been known to be leaving the Drug Lords producer since December. The news arrives shortly after the team […]

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) […]

Amazon, Circle of Confusion to develop drama based on graphic novel

Circle of Confusion Television Studios, a joint venture between Circle of Confusion and ITV Studios America, will co-develop a one-hour drama with Amazon, based on Image Comics’ graphic novel Six. Named Thirteen, the sci-fi thriller will be about a cold-blooded alien agent who comes to earth to track down and bring back twelve alien defectors. […]

Amazon launches AVOD channel with IMDb

Amazon has launched Freedive, an ad-supported streaming channel featuring movies and TV shows, with the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). The AVOD will be available in the US beginning today on the IMDb website and on all Amazon Fire TV devices. Freedive TV customers will see the new IMDb Freedive icon in the “Your Apps & […]

FX, Netflix win big at Golden Globes

FX and Netflix emerged as the big TV winners of Sunday night’s (6 January) Golden Globe Awards, with The Americans and Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method taking top honours. FX picked up Best Drama for its long-running series The Americans, which wrapped its sixth and final series in May. Despite being a critical darling across […]

Amazon signs Luke Cage showrunner

Amazon has signed an overall deal with Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, two months after Netflix axed the Marvel title. As part of the deal Coker will develop and produce new series at Amazon, along with his Fighting 99th Entertainment. The deal is in place for three years, but details of the finances exchanged under it […]

Global SVODs in the spotlight at NATPE

Netflix and Amazon will be in the spotlight at January’s NATPE market, which is stepping up efforts to connect producers with the global SVODs. NATPE boss JP Bommel has said the Miami conference is inviting select groups of producers to meet with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Around six meetings of around 50 […]

Golden Globes nominations: FX, Amazon & HBO top Netflix

FX, Amazon and HBO have surpassed Netflix in nominations for the 76thannual Golden Globes, which were revealed yesterday (6 December). FX received ten nominations, for the award show which will be held on 7 January 2019, for Best Drama (The Americans, Pose), Best Limited Series (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and many […]

Sharon Horgan to develop Amazon drama with Peaky Blinders producer

Catastrophe creator Sharon Horgan is to develop a new ‘gritty’ drama for Amazon with Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach Productions and Shameless scribe Danny Brocklehurst. Dirty is a “funny, filthy, brutally honest look at modern lives”. It follows a principled woman who takes her first steps into a world of moral complexity. She discovers that […]

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