Jeffrey Tambor exits Transparent

The face of Amazon breakout hit Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor, has decided not to return to the series after accusations of sexual harassment. Tambor said in a statement: “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that […]

Transparent scribe sets up Super Sensitives project

Transparent co-writer Faith Soloway is penning Super Sensitives, a comedy drama about a group of characters who are allergic to the modern world. Dancing Ledge, the Fremantle-backed prodco that Laurence Bowen launched last year. It will produce Super Sensitives. Soloway is currently writing the fourth season of Amazon’s acclaimed original Transparent, which she cowrites with […]

Amazon Studios, MTG bosses to keynote MIPTV

Amazon Studios content chief Roy Price and MTG president and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann are to deliver Media Mastermind keynotes at MIPTV next month. Both will address creating compelling content for audiences in a changing digital landscape. Along with Netflix, Amazon has led the disruption that subscription VOD has incurred on traditional broadcasting, while MTG […]

The Grand Tour drives Amazon above Netflix

New data shows that Amazon has stolen a march on Netflix in the UK and Germany, with The Grand Tour giving the SVOD service the edge over its rival. Amazon and Netflix never reveal viewing data, but research from Parrot Analytics covering both territories reveals mega-budget motoring series The Grand Tour has registered as the […]

Amazon takes on Netflix with global Prime rollout

Amazon has undercut Netflix with the launch of Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. The subscription video-on-demand service went live today at no additional cost to Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain. Customers in the other new Prime Video territories – which span the […]

Amazon doubling content spend, tripling originals

Amazon is dramatically ramping up its spending on original content, telling investors it will almost double its programme budget for the second half of the year, while tripling the number of original shows on its Prime Instant Video streaming service. The bold commitment to programming comes as its chief SVOD rival Netflix ramps ups its […]

Amazon brings Roadies to UK

Amazon Prime Video has bought rock and roll drama Roadies for its UK feed. The Warner Bros.- and Bad Robot Television-produced drama, from director Cameron Crowe, will air in the UK through episodes added on a weekly basis. Each one debuts a day after its US airing on premium cable channel Showtime. Meet the unsung […]

Amazon lines up Japanese originals

Amazon has reportedly launched a slate of Japan-produced original series for its Prime Video service. According to Bloomberg, Amazon is debuting 12 shows in a bid to up Japanese Prime membership, which also includes shipping retail privileges. The shows include Ultraman Orb, a spin-off of the Ultraman superhero franchise; documentary Invisible Tokyo; and high concept […]

In-demand charts: Spain (15 – 21 May 2016)

Our latest fortnightly feature in association with Parrot Analytics reveals the most in-demand shows from another European territory. Spain’s most popular digital original is Narcos. The Pablo Escobar-inspired drama was streaming service Netflix’s first big Spanish-language – or more accurately Spanish and English-language – play and its success in Spain is therefore unsurprising. Spanish viewers also love […]

SVOD platform goes live across Canada

Subscription on-demand service Shomi is now available to all internet-connected consumers in Canada. The service was previously available to customers of joint venture parents Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, but has now expanded its reach, a move first first mooted in May this year. The platform launched in beta in November 2014, and has since […]

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