Amazon Studios

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Amazon Studios
Subsidiary
Founded 2010
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Albert Cheng (Interim President)
Products TV shows, Movies, Comics
Parent Amazon.com
Divisions Prime Movies[1]
Website studios.amazon.com

Amazon Studios is a division of Amazon, that focuses on developing television shows, distributing and producing films, and comics from online submissions and crowd-sourced feedback.[2] It was started in late 2010.[2] Content is distributed through Amazon Video, Amazon’s digital video streaming service, and is a competitor to services like Netflix and Hulu.[3]

Film and television[edit]

Scripts for television and film are submitted through online submissions to Amazon,[4] they are reviewed and rated by other readers in a crowd-source fashion, and/or by Amazon staff.[4] Scripts may be submitted with the option to allow other people to modify them;[5] in addition there is a separate submission method for professional writers (Writers Guild of America members) with separate rules.[5]

Amazon aims to review submitted scripts within 90 days. If a project is chosen for development, the writer receives $10,000.[4] If a developed script is selected for distribution as a full-budget movie, the creator gets $200,000; if it is selected for distribution as a full-budget series, the creator gets $55,000 as well as "up to 5 percent of Amazon’s net receipts from toy and t-shirt licensing, and other royalties and bonuses."[6]

In 2008, Amazon expanded into film production, producing the film The Stolen Child with 20th Century Fox;[7] in July 2015, Amazon announced it had acquired Spike Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, as its first Amazon Original Movie.[8]

Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012,[2] and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013.[9] 23 films and 26 television series were in active development as of March 2013.[2][4] In late 2016, it reorganised its film division into Prime Movies.[10]

On July 27, 2017, it was announced that, starting with the December 2017 release Wonder Wheel, Amazon Studios would be its own self-distributing company. Previously, Amazon Studios had relied on multiple different studios to distribute their projects.[11]

Accolades[edit]

In 2015, Transparent was the first show produced by Amazon Studios to win a major award and the first show produced by a streaming media service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series.[12] In 2017, Amazon Studios became the first streaming media service to have an Oscar Best Picture nomination, earning it for Manchester by the Sea,[13] while the film The Salesman was nominated and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Manchester by the Sea was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, winning two Oscars, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan.

Comics[edit]

Amazon Studio's first and only comic book series was Blackburn Burrow released in 2012 as a free download,[2] it contained a survey allowing Amazon to collect feedback to determine if it was worthwhile to make the comic into a film.[2]

Television pilots[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Release Date Film Title Notes
December 4, 2015 Chi-Raq co-distribution with Roadside Attractions; first film and release
March 14, 2016 Creative Control co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
April 22, 2016 Elvis & Nixon co-distribution with Bleecker Street
May 13, 2016 Love & Friendship co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
June 24, 2016 The Neon Demon co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures
Wiener-Dog co-distribution with IFC Films
July 15, 2016 Café Society co-distribution with Lionsgate
July 29, 2016 Gleason co-distribution with Open Road Films
August 26, 2016 Complete Unknown co-distribution with IFC Films
September 9, 2016 Author: The JT LeRoy Story co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
September 23, 2016 The Dressmaker co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures
October 21, 2016 An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win co-distribution with American Girl
The Handmaiden co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
October 28, 2016 Gimme Danger co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
November 18, 2016 Manchester by the Sea co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
Winner of 2 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
December 28, 2016 Paterson co-distribution with Bleecker Street
January 27, 2017 The Salesman co-distribution with Cohen Media Group
Won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
February 3, 2017 I Am Not Your Negro co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
April 14, 2017 The Lost City of Z co-distribution with Bleecker Street
May 12, 2017 The Wall co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
June 23, 2017 The Big Sick co-distribution with Lionsgate
July 7, 2017 City of Ghosts co-distribution with IFC Films
July 21, 2017 Landline
August 11, 2017 The Only Living Boy in New York co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
August 18, 2017 Crown Heights co-distribution with IFC Films
September 15, 2017 Brad's Status co-distribution with Annapurna Pictures
October 13, 2017 Human Flow
October 20, 2017 Wonderstruck co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
November 3, 2017 Last Flag Flying co-distribution with Lionsgate

Upcoming films[edit]

Release Date Film Title Notes
December 1, 2017 Wonder Wheel
February 23, 2018 You Were Never Really Here
March 9, 2018 Gringo co-distribution with STXfilms
TBD Annette
TBD Beautiful Boy
TBD Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
TBD Emily the Strange [14][15]
TBD Lucy and Desi
TBD The Beast Is an Animal [16]
TBD The Man Who Killed Don Quixote co-production with Recorded Picture Company and Eurimages
TBD The Nest [17]
TBD A Rainy Day in New York
TBD Suspiria
TBD Victoria Woodhull [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (17 October 2016). "Amazon Studios Comedy Chief Joe Lewis Adds Drama Oversight, Morgan Wandell To Head International Productions". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ben Fritz (September 12, 2012). "Amazon Studios going into comics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sarah Perez (May 2, 2012). "Amazon Studios Now Funding Original Content Series For Amazon Video Service". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Edward Moyer (June 23, 2012). "Amazon's 'Studios' effort picks first TV shows to develop". CNET. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Chip Street (June 1, 2012). "Amazon Studios New (Old) Deal for Screenplay Options". Chip Street. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kelly West (May 2, 2012). "Amazon Studios Invites TV Writers To Submit Comedy And Children's Series Ideas". Cinema Blend. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Marc Graser (February 21, 2008). "Amazon, Fox nursing 'Stolen Child'". Variety. Retrieved February 21, 2008. 
  8. ^ The Associated Press (July 15, 2015). "Amazon Studios acquiring Spike Lee film as its 1st release". Associated Press. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Tom Vanderbilt (March 28, 2013). "The Nielsen Family Is Dead". Wired. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (17 October 2016). "Amazon Studios Comedy Chief Joe Lewis Adds Drama Oversight, Morgan Wandell To Head International Productions". 
  11. ^ "Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' (EXCLUSIVE)". 27 July 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales Up 15% to $29.33 Billion" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. January 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Snubs and Surprises of the 2017 Oscar Nominations". 24 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Twitter". December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Amazon Studios is Developing Its First Animated Feature, 'Emily the Strange'". December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Amazon Studios Developing 'The Beast Is an Animal' With Ridley Scott (EXCLUSIVE)". 
  17. ^ "Amazon Films Lands Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney Novel 'The Nest; 'Transparent's Jill Soloway & Andrea Sperling Produce". March 31, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-03-22). "Brie Larson to Play First Female U.S. Presidential Candidate Victoria Woodhull in Amazon Film". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 

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