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Amazon Studios moves into distribution with new Chris Ottinger-led sales division

Amazon Studios will sell its originals including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hunters to buyers around the world, after setting up a new sales arm. Amazon MGM Studios Distribution will sell both films and TV from the Amazon originals slate, as well as current and library titles from MGM. Its first outing will be the […]

Amazon Studios & Prime Video cuts 100 staff, with unscripted among roles hit

Amazon has cut around 100 jobs from its Amazon Studios and Prime Video operations, with a handful of execs affected. The details, which emerged as Amazon posted Q1 profits of $3.17bn on Thursday, are the latest layoffs affecting the retail giant, which has cut 27,000 roles across all areas of its business since January. Tracey […]

Amazon takes 1999 movie ‘Cruel Intentions’ to series

Amazon has ordered an adaptation of 1999 movie Cruel Intentions. The eight-part series is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, Amazon Studios and Original Film, the banner of Neal H. Moritz who produced the movie. Phoebe Foster and Sara Goodman are writing. The show is to be set at a college in Washington DC and […]

News round-up: SeriesFest lands Starz, Tubi, TelevisaUnivision execs; Amazon strikes Imagine pact; CMore extends ‘Helsinki Crimes’; NATPE Budapest unveils attendees

SeriesFest lands Starz, Tubi, TelevisaUnivision execs Denver-based TV festival SeriesFest has announced the line-up for its ‘Innovation Talks’ strand, with top execs from Starz, Tubi and TelevisaUnivision in attendance. The discussions, described as “candid conversations”, will see Starz president of original Kathryn Busby and TelevisaUnivision CEO Wade Davis interviewed by Mike Fries, CEO at event […]

Amazon alum Georgia Brown to lead UK skills task force

Georgia Brown, the former Amazon Studios Europe chief, is to chair a skills task force, convened by The British Film Institute (BFI), to address critical labour shortages in the UK production sector. She will be joined on the task force by more than 20 senior representatives from UK broadcasters BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as […]

Prime Video orders adaptation of E. Lockhart novel ‘We Were Liars’ from Julie Plec

Amazon SVOD Prime Video has ordered an adaptation of the E. Lockhart novel We Were Liars. The series hails from Julie Plec’s My So-Called Company, Carina Adly MacKenzie, Universal Television, and Amazon Studios. Published in 2014, We Were Liars is a tragic love story and an amnesia thriller set on a privately owned island off […]

Amazon Prime Video Canada cooks up restaurant docuseries with Pixcom

Amazon Prime Video has ordered Pendant Ce Temps En Cuisine, a docuseries going behind of the restaurant industry for subscribers in Canada. Produced by Pixcom, in association with Amazon Studios, the 8 x 30-minute series debuts on 10 March and follows fast-paced lives of six chefs over six months. From sourcing ingredients to creating one-of-a-kind menus […]

Amazon Prime Video restructures int’l business & plans ‘Wytches’ adaptation

Amazon’s Prime Video has handed expanded regional remits to execs Barry Furlong and Gaurav Gandhi in a restructure of its international business under Kelly Day. Furlong, who currently serves as VP of Prime Video Europe, is adding Africa and the Middle East to his role to oversee EMEA. Gandhi, meanwhile, takes on a new role […]

Amazon Studios plans ‘Bosch’ expansion with two spin-offs in development

Amazon Studios is planning to expand its crime drama franchise Bosch, with two new spin-off series in development. One of the shows will follow Detective Jerry Edgar, played by Jamie Hector in Bosch and its follow-up Bosch: Legacy. Edgar is the former partner of the series lead character, cop turned private investigator Harry Bosch, and […]

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