Unnamed sources are telling The Hollywood Reporter that the fight for distribution rights to the James Bond films just got two new contenders: Apple and Amazon. Up until now Warner Bros. have been in the lead with the best bid, but let’s be honest. Apple and Amazon have deeper pockets.
Amazon Studios just announced its next slate of television pilots, which will debut sometime in early 2015. Once they're released, feedback will help decide whether Amazon will order them to series, the same as previous pilot rounds.
Transparent, the first truly good Amazon original series, just got renewed for a second season. The series chronicles Jeffrey Tambor's late-in-life gender transition, and it is excellent. [h/t @KateAurthur]
Amazon has even more original content coming in 2014, and all of it is going to be shot in 4K. So many pixels (if you have an ultra high-def TV, that is).
Not to be left out from the copycat networks making shows about Silicon Valley, Amazon Studios is producing a half-hour comedy series called Betas. It's centered around four nerds " and their quest for nerd fame as they attempt to crack the ultimate code." One of these shows has to be good, right?
Rumors have been floating around for the past couple of months that Amazon was looking to produce sitcoms and children's television. Now All Things D is confirming it: Amazon is looking to pay $10,000 to option scripts and $55,000 if a show is greenlit. Furthermore, shows are expected to "look and feel like 'real' TV…
This is pretty bizarre, but when you consider the support they give writers on their Kindle program, it makes more sense. Would-be screenwriters can submit scripts to Amazon, which will buy the rights for $200,000 if they like it.