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Inside Amazon Studios: Big Swings Hampered by Confusion and Frustration

It’s long been an open secret that Jeff Bezos has yearned for his own Game of Thrones, and that Amazon’s big swing as it reached for its own massive hit was The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, believed to be the most expensive series ever made. Last September, the show began with […]

Ben Affleck Praises Wife Jennifer Lopez at ‘Air’ Premiere: “You’re Wonderful, Good, Kind, Magnificent and I Love You”

When Ben Affleck presented the world premiere of his new film Air at South by Southwest Film & FTV Festival in Austin earlier this month, the director, producer and star of the Amazon Studios release called it “the most important night of my professional life.” Monday night in Westwood must’ve been a close second. Affleck […]

Priyanka Chopra Jonas Says Amazon’s ‘Citadel’ Was “First Time in My Career That I Had Pay Parity”

“I might get into trouble for [saying this], depends on who’s watching,” said actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas during her conversation with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke at the kickoff of the South by Southwest Film Festival on Friday. “I’ve been working in the entertainment industry for now 22 years, and I have done about almost […]

Julie Rapaport to Lead Movies at Amazon Studios Solo, Matt Newman Shifts to Sports

In a shake-up, Amazon Studios has tapped Julie Rapaport to lead movies on her own as fellow motion picture group co-head Matt Newman will become head of original content for sports. “Julie Rapaport and Matt Newman have been leading movies together for the past several years, and they have accomplished so much as co-heads. With […]

Ben Affleck on Getting Acting Notes From George Clooney: “You’re Embarrassed You Didn’t Think of it”

There was a unique energy in the air Sunday afternoon inside the Directors Guild of America, host of Amazon Studios’ tastemaker reveal of The Tender Bar, directed by George Clooney and starring Ben Affleck. The A-list pairing seemed to electrify the festivities long before their feet touched the carpet. “This is a big one,” said […]

Amazon Studios Boss Jennifer Salke Reveals She Lost Out to HBO for ‘Mare of Easttown’

Film and TV execs rarely admit the hits they let slip through their fingers, but Amazon Studios boss Jen Salke did just that on Wednesday. Speaking to James Corden in a special session at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Salke revealed that the “one that got away” was one of the most critically acclaimed dramas over […]

‘The Tomorrow War’ Scores Big Opening on Streaming Movie Ratings Chart

Amazon Studios and Skydance’s tentpole The Tomorrow War shot to the top of Nielsen’s movie streaming chart in its Prime Video debut over the Fourth of July weekend. Further, it was the No. 2 most watched subscription video on demand title for the week of June 28 to July 4 week behind Manifest. The sci-fi […]

Golden Globes: Amazon Also Cuts Off HFPA Unless and Until Further Reforms Are Enacted

On the heels of the news that Netflix is “stopping any activities” with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards, “until more meaningful changes are made” to the group’s demographics and ethics rules, details of which have rocked the industry since they emerged in a Feb. 21 Los Angeles Times […]

How Jason Blum and Jennifer Salke Brought the Blumhouse Experience to Amazon

Two years and one global pandemic ago, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke was less than a year into her tenure at the tech giant and Jason Blum had cemented his status as the go-to producer for genre features. Up until this point, Amazon’s original feature slate largely was made up of adult-skewing dramas of the awards season variety and Blumhouse movies found their success in crowded theaters.

Ted Hope Exits Amazon Studios Post, Signs First-Look Deal

Ted Hope is exiting his post at Amazon Studios. Hope will step down as the co-head of motion picture production and sign a multiyear, first-look deal with the streamer.

“No Easy Solution”: Filmmakers Weigh Risks of SXSW’s Amazon Offer

As cancellations and postponements of film festivals keep up amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Hollywood is trying to come up with solutions for stranded filmmakers and their projects. One such effort came on on April 2, when SXSW announced a partnership with Amazon Prime Video to launch a "film festival collection."