Amazon has announced the completion of its acquisition of movie and TV studio MGM. The purchase of MGM for $8.45 billion was announced back in May 2021 but required regulatory scrutany before being completed. European Union antitrust officials gave the purchase unconditionally approval this week and the Federal Trade Commission had until the middle of this month to challenge the acquisition, which it did not. The purchase of MGM adds over 4,000 films and 17,000 TV episodes to Amazon’s content library, which includes franchises such as James Bond, Rocky, Robocop, and Stargate. Amazon held true to its word to still release the latest James Bond film in theaters, as opposed to making it a Prime Video exclusive, but has not commented on the rest of the acquired content catalog.
The rumors were true. Amazon has announced the acquisition of MGM for $8.45 billion. Assuming regulators allow the deal to go through, Amazon will own MGM’s library of content which includes around 4,000 films and 17,000 hours of TV shows. MGM franchises that will soon be owned by Amazon include 12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, James Bond, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, and many others. The deal isn’t just about acquiring rights to existing content because Amazon says they will “empower MGM to continue to do what they do best: great storytelling,” so, it seems like MGM will continue to release new movies and shows under Amazon’s ownership. Read more ›
Amazon has apparently offered to buy MGM for $9 billion, according to Variety and The Information, which both have independent sources familiar with the negotiations. The deal seems likely to happen because Variety reports that $9 billion is the amount MGM was hoping to get. Should the deal take place, Amazon would own over 17,000 hours of TV shows and 4,000 films which include popular franchises such as James Bond.
Amazon has had a long history of releasing Pilot Seasons where they ask for feedback on single episode TV pilots to help decide which shows to turn into a full season run. It has been an unusual practice that other studios don’t do and now it has come to an end, according to Entertainment Weekly. Amazon Studio head Jennifer Salke told reporters “we’ll use our own testing barometers and some user data but the public voting process has been set aside for now.” The season for the change is not to eliminate the feedback, but to speed up the time to release by eliminating pilots. By making decisions internally on shows, like the rest of the industry, and going straight to series, it should help get seasons done sooner and out to customers.
Season 3 of Transparent, Amazon’s most successful show, is now available to stream in its entirety on Prime Video. The show just won 3 Emmy awards to add to its numerous other awards. If you’re looking for something new to watch, but Transparent doesn’t interest you, take a look at Fleabag, which debuted its first season last week, or mark your calendar for Woody Allen’s first TV show Crisis in Six Scenes, which will debut in a week on Spetember 30th.
Amazon’s original programming was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards this year and they managed to win 6 of those nominations in the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. Amazon’s biggest winner of the night was Transparent, which took home 3 wins. The shows creator, Jill Soloway, and the show’s lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, repeated their wins from last year by again taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series respectively. Transparent, which will release its third season this Friday, also won an Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program.
Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle won two of its four nominations this year. The first win went to James Hawkinson for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series, and the show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design. Amazon’s final Emmy win went to Mozart in the Jungle for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series. The Man in the High Castle and Mozart in the Jungle will both release their new seasons in December.
Amazon’s original movie Elvis & Nixon is now available on Prime Video. This is Amazon’s largest box office movie to date and they’re bringing it to Prime members just 4 months after its theatrical release. Amazon’s other two movies, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, made their way to Prime Video 3 months and 2 months after their big screen premiere, so it seems like the more popular the movie, the longer Amazon leaves it in theaters. Still, a 4 month turn round from theater to streaming is far shorter than the 10 month average it usually takes movies to come to streaming services.
Amazon is bringing Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character to TV, according to a report by Deadline. A series commitment with a 10-episode straight-to-series order has been greenlit with John Krasinski taking the lead role. If you’re not familiar with the popular book series, you’ve probably heard of the character from one of four Jack Ryan movies that have been release, starting with The Hunt For Red October in 1993 and ending recently with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in 2014. The show will follow “an up-and-coming CIA analyst as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.”
Amazon had a busy day yesterday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills where stars, producers, directors, and executives spent the day talking to press about Amazon’s upcoming original shows. In addition to confirming the title of Woody Allen’s highly-anticipated first TV show to be Crisis in Six Scenes, they revealed their full fall lineup of original shows, along with their premiere dates. September is looking to be a month of comedies for Amazon, with One Mississippi, Fleabag, and the third season of Transparent all premiering in September. October will premiere shows with a more serious tone, like Goliath and Good Girls Revolt, with the second season of The Man In the High Castle premiering near the end of the year on December 16, where Amazon says the mysterious figure known only as “the man in the high castle” will be revealed. Read on for the full list of upcoming shows and premiere dates, as well as new trailers and sneak peak videos that have just been released. Read more ›
Amazon has announced their next lineup of pilots to gauge audience interest in new shows. Three half-hour pilots will debut August 19 in what Amazon is calling their 2016 Comedy Pilot Season. The first pilot is I Love Dick, based on the book of the same name, which is a romantic comedy staring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon. Second is an action comedy called Jean-Claude Van Johnson, where Jean-Claude Van Damme will be staring in his first TV role. The martial arts movie icon plays a character not much unlike himself, a global martial arts and film sensation, but the character is also the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. The final pilot is The Tick, a new take on the short lived Fox comedy that has become a bit of a cult classic. Ben Edlund, creator of both the original live action comedy and 1994 animated series, is back as writer and executive producer. The show stars Peter Serafinowicz, as The Tick, and Griffin Newman. Read on if you’d like to know more about each show. Read more ›