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4 items from 2015


Amazon Studios to Produce Original Movies for Theaters

19 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Amazon Studios, known for television series such as multi-Golden Globe winner Transparent, Annie-nominated Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, today announced that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut. Amazon Original Movies will focus on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. Here's what Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios, had to say in a statement.

"We look forward to expanding our production efforts into feature films. Our goal is to create close to twelve movies a year with production starting later this year. Not only will we bring Prime Instant Video customers exciting, unique, and »

- MovieWeb

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Woody Allen Teams with Amazon for His First TV Show

13 January 2015 8:49 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Amazon Studios today announced it has signed the critically-acclaimed Director Woody Allen to write and direct his first television series ever. Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen. Customers will be able to see the series exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the Us, UK and Germany. Additional details, including casting information, will be made available in the future. Here's what Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios.

"Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it's an honor to be working with him on his first television series. From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn't be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year."

Woody Allen added his own statement. »

- MovieWeb

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Woody Allen to make first TV series for Amazon

13 January 2015 8:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create his first television series.

Amazon Studios has announced it has signed filmmaker Woody Allen to write and direct his first television series.

Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen. The series will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the UK, Us and Germany.

Additional details, including casting information have yet to be announced.

The prolific director of Annie Hall and Manhattan as well as Midnight In Paris and Blue Jasmine said: “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin.”

Referencing Amazon Studios vp Roy Price, Allen added: “My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”

Allen is represented by ICM Partners.

Amazon Studios most recently debuted dramatic comedy Mozart in the Jungle from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Streaming Crashes Golden Globes With Amazon’s Historic Wins

12 January 2015 11:06 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

For all the times they’ve been derided as being old and out of touch, Golden Globes voters are sometimes in the forefront of trends. And one of those instances came on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave two of its top television awards – Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical – to “Transparent” and its star Jeffrey Tambor.

The emotional win for Jill Soloway’s series was the first for a web-based series at the Golden Globes and a first for Amazon as »

- Steve Pond

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