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Amazon lines up Japanese originals

Amazon has reportedly launched a slate of Japan-produced original series for its Prime Video service. According to Bloomberg, Amazon is debuting 12 shows in a bid to up Japanese Prime membership, which also includes shipping retail privileges. The shows include Ultraman Orb, a spin-off of the Ultraman superhero franchise; documentary Invisible Tokyo; and high concept […]

Canal+ takes Amazon originals to France

Canal+ has acquired two of Amazon Prime Instant Video’s original comedies, Alpha House and Betas. Both comedy series came out of the first wave of pilots and originals commissioned by the US OTT service. They will play on the French pay TV giant’s CanalPlay on-demand service. Amazon’s Prime Instant service is only available in the […]

Amazon to try out Netflix binge model

Amazon will launch all episodes of its upcoming scripted series Transparent simultaneously, taking a lead from its chief rival Netflix, which has had notable success releasing original shows in this way. Amazon has been investing heavily in original series, but has released episodes of these in batches and on a weekly basis, eschewing the all-at-once […]

Amazon Studios originals land with Sony

Sony Pictures Television will sell Amazon Studios-produced originals internationally, TBI has learned. SPT already sells Netflix’s original series House of Cards and the Amazon deal positions it as the distributor of choice for the SVOD platforms. Amazon has commissioned a raft of original programming, which it tests in pilot form with Amazon customers before launching […]

No confirmed date for Amazon originals outside the US

The Amazon original series launching on the Prime Instant in the US still have no confirmed launch date on its international service, LoveFilm. Comedies Alpha House and Betas (pictured) have both launched in the US. When Amazon’s chief rival Netflix launches its original series – which have included House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange […]

Amazon, Xbox cool on Netflix’s binge model

The executives running the content arms of Amazon and Xbox have separately told TBI they have serious reservations about the Netflix model of releasing all episodes of an original series at once. Amazon Studios is about to release a slew of originals for its Amazon Instant Prime service in the US following a fruitful wave […]

Amazon chooses first-ever original TV series

Amazon has selected the pilots that it will take to series with a John Goodman comedy, another from True Blood director Michael Lehmann and three kids series. The five series come from a pool of 14 pilots that Amazon launched on its Prime Instant Video service in the US and Lovefilm service in the UK […]

News brief: Amazon adds another comedy pilot

Amazon Studios, the production arm of online retailer Amazon, has added the eighth comedy project to its pilot line-up. Betas is about a group of tech-savvy millennial characters trying to connect with the world and comes from Michael Lehmann (Heathers, Dexter, True Blood) and Michael London (Sideways, The Visitor). It joins the previously announced Alpha […]