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Old January 21 2014, 04:07 PM   #2772
jefferiestubes8
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Re: sf/f TV development news - 2013

Christopher wrote: View Post
Amazon Studios? Does this mean that Amazon.com is getting into the production business like Netflix has? Are they becoming a source of original programming too?
Amazon's plans go back further:
Amazon will undoubtably continue to leverage its 2008 acquisition of indie film network Without A Box (through its subsidiary IMDb), which allows it to cherry pick from a pipeline of new original properties.
Amazon affiliate The People’s Production Company will actually develop most of the scripts on the Development Slate. [Pro Tip: The People's Production Company is a signatory to the Writers Guild of America Minimum Basic Agreement, while the Amazon Studios site is not.]
2012 source


2012 is when the mainstream was on notice although it was 4 years ago
Since Amazon Studios’ launch in 2010 with Warner Bros. as partner (it was offered a first-look deal), the service has seen more than 700 test movies and 7,000 scripts submitted to the site. Today, there are 15 movie projects currently under development through the deals made on the service, says Amazon.
2012 source

We can see that Amazon.com will use the Amazon Prime membership to include not just Amazon Instant Video Service (the only place to watch these Amazon Studios original series) but lower costs & free shipping on products and other perks like Microsoft's X-BOX Gold membership's perks.
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