Amazon to produce original feature films

Amazon has announced plans to produce and distribute several original titles into cinemas, and to be released soon after on their online streaming service, in the coming year.

Amazon has produced and delivered original content since 2010, through several original TV series. Only in recent months, however, has it begun to challenge leading competitor Netflix in terms of compelling and popular original content.

At the Golden Globes this month, Amazon’s original series Transparent picked up two awards. In the last week, Amazon also announced a partnership with Hollywood legend Woody Allen to write and direct a new TV series.

This latest foray into feature films is likely to accelerate Amazon’s rise in the entertainment industry.

Ted Hope, the new head of production for Amazon Original Movies, said: “Audiences already recognize that Amazon has raised the bar with productions in the episodic realm, tackling bold material in unique ways and collaborating with top talent, both established and emerging. To help carry the torch into the feature film world for such an innovative company is a tremendous opportunity and responsibility.”

Amazon Original Movies will be synonymous with films that amaze, excite, and move our fans, wherever customers watch. I am incredibly thrilled to be part of this.”

Amazon, like Netflix, has been pushing to shorten the theatrical window between when a film is shown in cinemas and is available for purchase. The company has said all Amazon Original Movies will be available on Prime Instant Video service four to eight weeks after they debut in cinemas.

DTG Staff  |  21.01.2015

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