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Apple, Amazon talk up flexible deals

Apple’s creative director for Europe Jay Hunt and Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown have talked up their companies’ openness to flexible rights models, including considering coproductions. Hunt (pictured), who took up her position at Apple 18 months ago, is now working on commissions for the tech giant’s forthcoming streaming offering, selected details […]

Amazon agrees Brosnahan first-look deal

Amazon will work with Brosnahan and her label Scrap Paper Pictures to create shows that will become available on Amazon Prime’s service around the world. Brosnahan is set to appear in the third season of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel later this year and is also due to star and produce forthcoming feature I’m Your Woman, […]

Streaming round-up: WarnerMedia lines up ‘Dune’, Amazon teams with Bullock

WarnerMedia taps ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director for ‘Dune’ series adaptation WarnerMedia has tapped French-Canadian Blade Runner 2049 and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve to helm a sci-fi series for the business’s forthcoming streaming service. Dune: The Sisterhood is produced by Legendary Television, and will serve as a companion series to Warner Bros.’ film reboot of Dune, which Villeneuve is also directing […]

History Play launches in UK and Germany on Amazon Channels

Amazon has added the A+E Networks’ History Play streaming service to its line-up of Prime Video Channels in the UK, Germany and Austria, marking the first time the service has been available in the three countries. Prime members will gain access to History Play with an add-on subscription of £3.99 ($5) in the UK and €3.99 ($4.50) […]

Amazon spent $1.7bn on content in first quarter of 2019

Amazon spent $1.7 billion on video and music content during the first quarter of this year, up from $1.5 billion during the same period in 2018. It’s the first time the tech giant has detailed the growing cost of providing streaming services, and came in a filing last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission […]

Amazon explores free music service to take on Spotify

Amazon is in talks to launch a free music streaming service that will see it go head-to-head with Spotify, according to a report by Billboard. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is in discussion with music labels to obtain licences for a service that would be made available through its voice-activated Echo speakers with […]

Exclusive: Amazon taps TF1 exec to head up unscripted in France

Amazon has hired TF1’s non-scripted development manager Thomas Dubois to head up unscripted in France. Dubois joined Amazon’s European team this week. At TF1 he handled new project development and format commissioning for the French channel, and DTT channels TMC and NT1. For over three years he assisted the creation of new formats and developed […]

A “new game” for German drama

The floodgates have opened for premium German drama after a comparatively slow start in the high-end TV market, and now producers and distributors are thinking about getting ahead of the competition. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports Premium German drama made for an international audience has seen a steady but sharp rise in the past two years, as […]

PBS launches streaming channel on Amazon

PBS distribution has launched streaming channel PBS Living on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, which will host PBS classics such as Antiques Roadshow and The French Chef. PBS Living will be available by subscription on the Amazon platform for $2.99 a month after a seven-day free trial. The channel is designed to invite viewers to find […]

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 […]

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