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Israeli VOD service lands Romanzo Criminale

New Israeli on-demand platform Cellcom TV has acquired Italian gangster drama Romanze Criminale from Germany-based Beta Film. Premium content services firm Vubiquity brokered the deal on behalf of Cellcom TV, which mobile phone operator Cellcom launched at the end of last year. Romanzo Criminale is set between 1977 and 1989 and follows a criminal gang […]

Amazon renews Transparent, locks in Solloway

Amazon has locked Jill Solloway, creator of its buzzy original series Transparent, into an overall deal. The streaming service has also renewed Transparent for a third season. The comedy drama has created a lot of buzz for Amazon, although how many of its Prime Instant Video customers have actually watched the series is not known […]

Amazon deal monitor: Prime’s time

Amazon’s initial slate of originals was mostly well received, but failed to set the TV world alight. Then along came Jeffrey Tambur cross-dressing drama Transparent, which not only garnered masses of column inches, but also bagged awards and critical acclaim. Some commentators described as “Amazon’s House of Cards moment”. SVOD service Amazon Prime Instant Video […]

Buyers Briefing: Vanda Rapti, MTG

Name: Vanda Rapti Title: VP of acquisitions, pay TV, VOD and new media, and acting VP, free TV, Nordics, MTG Vanda Rapti buys programming for a variety of Modern Times Group channels across Europe. Here she takes TBI through the needs of the free, pay and VOD platforms operating under MTG’s Viasat broadcasting brand.   […]

Orange and Sony strike content deal

French pay TV operator Orange has inked a volume deal with Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Television. The deal, between SPT and OCS gives the French package of pay TV channels SPT-distributed series including Amazon Prime Instant Video hit Transparent and another show from the streaming service, Mozart in the Jungle (below right). OCS also gets […]

Amazon opens free window for Transparent drama

Amazon is making its acclaimed drama series Transparent available in a day-long free window. The series launched last year on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video and marked the first time that the streaming service had launched an original using the Netflix simultaneous release model. Like Netflix, Amazon does not release any viewing data so it is […]

Woody Allen making TV series with Amazon

Amazon has pulled off a coup by signing up director Woody Allen’s first ever television series. Allen will write and create the series with Amazon Studios, with on-demand service Amazon Prime Instant Video acting as the distribution platform. “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where […]

Amazon adds 4K content to Prime Instant Video

Amazon has added 4K, Ultra High-Definition movies and TV shows to its subscription VoD service, Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon Prime customers will be able to access the Ultra HD content at no additional cost, with the first of this content to include Amazon Original series such as Alpha House, Transparent and children’s series Gortimer […]

Amazon renews content investment pledge

Amazon will continue investing in original content for its Prime Instant Video service after billing roughly US$100 million on originals in the third quarter, according to chief financial officer Tom Szkutak. Speaking on Amazon’s Q3 earnings call, Szkutak said that video was a key driver to convince customers on free Amazon Prime trials to sign […]

Amazon to launch third pilot season this month

Amazon Prime Instant Video is launching its latest season of pilots in the US and UK on August 28. Later this month, Amazon Prime subscribers will be offered five pilots: half-hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and hour-long dramas Hand of God and Hysteria. Launching scripted drama and comedy pilots on the same […]