Lord of the Rings

Amazon Studios returns ‘Lord Of The Rings’ to New Zealand

Amazon Studios is taking Lord Of The Rings back to New Zealand, after choosing the country as the setting for its super-premium forthcoming TV show. Producers had been considering filming the series – which has a budget of around $900m – in Scotland but eventually plumped for New Zealand, where the Peter Jackson movies were […]

Amazon hits 100m Prime members

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has revealed in his yearly shareholders letter that Prime now has 100m members, which he partly attributes to continuing content expansion. In the statement, Bezos said that Prime Video, “continues to drive Prime Member adoption and retention.” The company’s expansion in content and investment in originals such as The Marvelous Mrs. […]

Amazon develops Western with Arnie

Amazon Studios is developing a Western drama set in the 1800s with former California governor and action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Outrider will be set in the American Wild West, in an Oklahoma Indian territory, following a deputy tasked with not only apprehending a dangerous outlaw in the wilderness, but also with a ruthless federal […]

Amazon developing Conan the Barbarian reboot

Amazon has reportedly put a Conan the Barbarian reboot into development. The move follows the US$250 million acquisition of remake rights to the Lord of the Rings franchise as part of SVOD service Amazon’s strategy to target Game of Thrones-scale projects. Colony co-creator Ryan Condal, Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones), Warren Littlefield (Fargo, The Handmaid’s […]

Amazon Prime hikes US price by 18% as it ups content spend

Amazon announced Friday that it will increase the price for Prime memberships in the US by 18%, as the company eyes programming with wider reach and an increase in content spend. As first reported by Recode, Amazon will increase the price for US Prime members from US$10.99 to US$12.99. Its annual membership of US$99 will […]

Amazon ‘developing free VOD service’

Amazon could be getting in on the free VOD space in order to build out its advertising business. Ad Age has reported that Amazon is developing a free-advertising-supported offering to complement its Prime Video subscription video-on-demand service. According to the report, Amazon is in talks with TV network, movie studios and other media companies about […]

Using the UK tax credit to boost trans-Atlantic relations

Patrick Irwin, Justin Thomson-Glover and Louisa Spring – the principals of London and LA-based exec-production, coproduction and financing consultancy Far Moor – discuss how the introduction of the UK TV tax credit should be used to benefit the business on both sides of the Pond. The US cable networks are now looking at their development […]

Turtle Power

Viacom acquired the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment in late 2009 for US$60 million and the resulting new TV series debuted on September 29 on Nick in the US with a two-episode double-header. When Ciro Nieli found out Nickelodeon had bought the Turtles he knocked on their door with […]