Amazon to Produce Original Movies for Theaters, Prime Instant Video

Jan 20, 2015

Amazon Studios, known for television series such as Transparent, Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, announced that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut.

Amazon says its original movies will focus on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. Amazon Original Movies creative development will be led by Ted Hope. Hope co-founded and ran production company Good Machine, which produced films such as Eat Drink Man Woman and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Hope's films have received numerous Academy Award and BAFTA nominations. Hope has also won The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival more often than any other producer at the festival with his films American Splendor, The Brothers McMullen, and What Happened Was....