Essential Media Group opens shop in New Zealand

Essential Media Group has opened shop in New Zealand, scoring a local commission from Sky-owned free-to-air broadcaster Prime. The new business, Essential Media Group NZ, is a Wellington-based joint venture with Libertine Pictures. The outfit opens doors with a commission in hand, having recently struck a deal for a 4 x 60-minute series entitled Griff’s […]

Amazon brings Exorcist, This is Us to Prime

Amazon and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution have reached an international content licensing agreement to bring the TV adaptation of The Exorcist (pictured) and This is Us to Prime customers in over 200 territories. During September 2017, Amazon Prime Video will start introducing seasons of the shows to new countries post-local season finale broadcast. This […]

Amazon launches subscription TV in UK, Germany

Amazon has launched its Amazon Channels offering in the UK, Germany and Austria, allowing Prime users to add live and on-demand TV as part of their subscription package. Amazon Channels launches with a line-up of more than 40 channels in the UK and more than 25 in Germany and Austria, with Amazon promising more additions […]

BBCWW strikes 600-hour Amazon India deal

BBC Worldwide has shopped a huge package of BBC content to Amazon for its recently-launched Prime streaming service in India. The programming is in the popular factual and preschool kids categories. Several kids shows will be heading into the Indian market for the first time under the terms of the deal, including CBeebies’ Clangers, Dinopaws […]

News brief: Prime European deal for AMC

The AMC channels group has picked up a large package of film-themed programming for its CEE channels from French distributor Prime. The 49-strong package includes 91-part series Hollywood’s Best Film Directors, one-off doc The Brothers Warner, and shortform series Director’s Short Cut. David Freydt, managing director of Prime Entertainment Group said: “We have been signing […]

Amazon pledges to make all originals in 4K

Amazon Studios, the original film and TV production arm of the online shopping giant, has pledged to shoot all of its full original series next year in Ultra HD, also known as 4K. Amazon said the decision would apply to all new pilots and series that it films in 2014 and will include both comedy […]

Channel 4 among ABC David Blaine show buyers

The UK’s Channel 4 was one of seven buyers of David Blaine: Real or Magic as the show debuted on ABC in the US yesterday. The show sees magician Blaine performing his brand of death defying feats at the homes of celebrities such as Kanye West, Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde. Channel 4 […]

Amazon re-ups Dome as global ratings boom

The Amazon Prime Instant Video platform has renewed the high rating CBS drama Under the Dome. The on-demand platform already runs season one of the Amblin Television show, which is the highest rated US series this summer, as its exclusive US online home, and will get the upcoming season two under terms of the new […]

Amazon expands programming deal with NBC

Amazon has agreed a wider programming deal with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution, giving it a great range of the studio’s TV drama titles on its Prime streaming service. The new agreement gives Amazon exclusive streaming rights to network series Grimm as well as USA Networks legal drama Suits and spy thriller Covert Affairs. […]

Amazon inks new programming deal with CBS

Amazon has extended the terms of a programming deal with CBS, adding a raft of new series to its Prime streaming service. The deal between Amazon and CBS gives the former content from the US CBS network and from the CBS Television Distribution catalogue. The new deal also allows Amazon to add shows from cable […]