Amazon renews Lore for a second season

 Amazon has renewed Lore for a second season, bringing on Sean Crouch (from The Exorcist and Numb3rs) as showrunner. Lore is an anthology series focused on the supernatural, adopted from the Lore podcast by Aaron Mahnke. The first season of Lore came out last year, using dramatic scenes, animation, narration and docu-style scenes to root the supernatural in truth. Executive producers include… Read More

Amazon greenlights the fifth season of Bosch

 Amazon Prime Video’s longest running hour-long original series is back for yet another season. The company has greenlit Season 5 of Bosch, the Emmy-nominated series based on Michael Connelly’s detective/crime fiction novels. Bosch follows LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch as he tries to solve the most elusive cases. The fifth season is based on the novel Angels… Read More

NBC exec Jennifer Salke named head of Amazon Studios

 Amazon Studios has finally found a replacement for Roy Price after the executive stepped down in mid-October over sexual harassment claims. Jennifer Salke will be filling in the top spot at the online studio after serving for six years as NBC’s Entertainment President. “We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Salke will be joining us as the Head of Amazon… Read More

Amazon’s Philip K. Dick anthology series will go live on January 12

 Amazon continues to churn out original series, with Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams premiering on Friday, January 12. The anthology series will be a Prime Video exclusive, with each of the ten episodes set in their own unique worlds based on the literature from author Philip K. Dick. Dick is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sci-fi authors of all time. Dick… Read More

Apple hires Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell in push for scripted programming

 Apple’s first few pieces of original programming, Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, felt more like stumbles out of the gate. In this era of prestige television from cord-cutting platforms like Netflix and Amazon, the shows weren’t exactly, say, House of Cards or Transparent. But a number of moves over the past several months find the company positioning itself as a serious… Read More

Amazon Studios will now handle its own theatrical distribution, too

 Amazon Studios takes a very different approach to acquiring and releasing movies when compared to rival Netflix, and the most significant difference is that it releases major films in theaters before making them available on its Prime Video streaming service. Amazon Studios has previously worked with a handful of independent third-party distributors to make this happen, but starting in… Read More

Amazon inks exclusive TV deal with ‘Stranger Things’ writer

 The next project for TV from Stranger Things writer and producer Justin Doble. The overall deal means that he’ll be producing television projects exclusively for Amazon Studios and Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service. Doble’s CV isn’t limited to just his work on the Emmy-winning Stranger Things, which has been a huge surprise hit for Netflix, with a second season set… Read More

Amazon’s chat fiction app Rapids ties up with Amazon Studios with launch of ‘Signature Stories’

 Today’s kids aren’t just reading books. They’re also tapping and playing with interactive stories on tablets as preschoolers, then delving into instant messaging-like chat fiction apps as teens. Amazon’s entry in this space, Amazon Rapids, was announced late last year as a way to bring this style of interactive fiction to readers in the 5 to 12 age range. The company… Read More