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Amazon Studios is a division of Amazon, that focuses on developing television shows, distributing and producing films, and comics from online submissions and crowd-sourced feedback.[2] It was started in late 2010.[2] Content is distributed through Amazon Video, Amazon’s digital video streaming service, and is a competitor to services like Netflix and Hulu.[3]

Amazon Studios
Founded 2010
Area served
Key people
Albert Cheng (Interim President)
Products TV shows, Movies, Comics
Divisions Prime Movies[1]


Film and televisionEdit

Scripts for television and film are submitted through online submissions to Amazon.[4] They are reviewed and rated by other readers in a crowd-source fashion, and/or by Amazon staff.[4] Scripts may be submitted with the option to allow other people to modify them.[5] In addition there is a separate submission method for professional writers (Writers Guild of America members) with separate rules.[5]

Amazon aims to review submitted scripts within 90 days. If a project is chosen for development, the writer receives $10,000.[4] If a developed script is selected for distribution as a full-budget movie, the creator gets $200,000; if it is selected for distribution as a full-budget series, the creator gets $55,000 as well as "up to 5 percent of Amazon’s net receipts from toy and t-shirt licensing, and other royalties and bonuses."[6]

In 2008, Amazon expanded into film production, producing the film The Stolen Child with 20th Century Fox.[7] In July 2015, Amazon announced it had acquired Spike Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, as its first Amazon Original Movie.[8]

Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012,[2] and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013.[9] 23 films and 26 television series were in active development as of March 2013.[2][4] In late 2016, it reorganised its film division into Prime Movies.[10]

On July 27, 2017, it was announced that, starting with the December 2017 release Wonder Wheel, Amazon Studios would be its own self-distributing company. Previously, Amazon Studios had relied on multiple different studios to distribute their projects.[11]


In 2015, Transparent was the first show produced by Amazon Studios to win a major award and the first show produced by a streaming media service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series.[12] In 2017, Amazon Studios became the first streaming media service to have an Oscar Best Picture nomination, earning it for Manchester by the Sea,[13] while the film The Salesman was nominated and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Manchester by the Sea was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, winning two Oscars, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan.


Amazon Studio's first and only comic book series was Blackburn Burrow released in 2012 as a free download.[2] It contained a survey allowing Amazon to collect feedback to determine if it was worthwhile to make the comic into a film.[2]

Television pilotsEdit


Release Date Film Title Notes
December 4, 2015 Chi-Raq co-distribution with Roadside Attractions; first film and release
March 14, 2016 Creative Control co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
April 22, 2016 Elvis & Nixon co-distribution with Bleecker Street
May 13, 2016 Love & Friendship co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
June 24, 2016 The Neon Demon co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures
Wiener-Dog co-distribution with IFC Films
July 15, 2016 Café Society co-distribution with Lionsgate
July 29, 2016 Gleason co-distribution with Open Road Films
August 26, 2016 Complete Unknown co-distribution with IFC Films
September 9, 2016 Author: The JT LeRoy Story co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
September 23, 2016 The Dressmaker co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures
October 21, 2016 An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win co-distribution with American Girl
The Handmaiden co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
October 28, 2016 Gimme Danger co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
November 18, 2016 Manchester by the Sea co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
Winner of 2 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
December 28, 2016 Paterson co-distribution with Bleecker Street
January 27, 2017 The Salesman co-distribution with Cohen Media Group
Won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
February 3, 2017 I Am Not Your Negro co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
April 14, 2017 The Lost City of Z co-distribution with Bleecker Street
May 12, 2017 The Wall co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
June 23, 2017 The Big Sick co-distribution with Lionsgate
July 7, 2017 City of Ghosts co-distribution with IFC Films
July 21, 2017 Landline
August 11, 2017 The Only Living Boy in New York co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
August 18, 2017 Crown Heights co-distribution with IFC Films
September 15, 2017 Brad's Status co-distribution with Annapurna Pictures
October 13, 2017 Human Flow
October 20, 2017 Wonderstruck co-distribution with Roadside Attractions
November 3, 2017 Last Flag Flying co-distribution with Lionsgate
December 1, 2017 Wonder Wheel

Upcoming filmsEdit

Release Date Film Title Notes
March 9, 2018 Gringo co-distribution with STXfilms
April 6, 2018 You Were Never Really Here
May 11, 2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
TBD The Aeronauts [14]
TBD Annette
TBD The Beast Is an Animal [15]
TBD Beautiful Boy
TBD Emily the Strange [16][17]
TBD Life Itself
TBD Lucy and Desi
TBD The Man Who Killed Don Quixote co-production with Recorded Picture Company and Eurimages
TBD The Nest [18]
TBD A Rainy Day in New York
TBD Suspiria
TBD Victoria Woodhull [19]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (17 October 2016). "Amazon Studios Comedy Chief Joe Lewis Adds Drama Oversight, Morgan Wandell To Head International Productions". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ben Fritz (September 12, 2012). "Amazon Studios going into comics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sarah Perez (May 2, 2012). "Amazon Studios Now Funding Original Content Series For Amazon Video Service". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Edward Moyer (June 23, 2012). "Amazon's 'Studios' effort picks first TV shows to develop". CNET. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Chip Street (June 1, 2012). "Amazon Studios New (Old) Deal for Screenplay Options". Chip Street. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kelly West (May 2, 2012). "Amazon Studios Invites TV Writers To Submit Comedy And Children's Series Ideas". Cinema Blend. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Marc Graser (February 21, 2008). "Amazon, Fox nursing 'Stolen Child'". Variety. Retrieved February 21, 2008. 
  8. ^ The Associated Press (July 15, 2015). "Amazon Studios acquiring Spike Lee film as its 1st release". Associated Press. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Tom Vanderbilt (March 28, 2013). "The Nielsen Family Is Dead". Wired. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (17 October 2016). "Amazon Studios Comedy Chief Joe Lewis Adds Drama Oversight, Morgan Wandell To Head International Productions". 
  11. ^ "Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' (EXCLUSIVE)". 27 July 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017. 
  12. ^ " Announces Fourth Quarter Sales Up 15% to $29.33 Billion" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. January 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Snubs and Surprises of the 2017 Oscar Nominations". 24 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Busch, Anita (27 November 2017). "Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones In Talks To Pair Again For 'The Aeronauts' At Amazon Studios". Deadline. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  15. ^ "Amazon Studios Developing 'The Beast Is an Animal' With Ridley Scott (EXCLUSIVE)". 
  16. ^ "Twitter". December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Amazon Studios is Developing Its First Animated Feature, 'Emily the Strange'". December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Amazon Films Lands Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney Novel 'The Nest; 'Transparent's Jill Soloway & Andrea Sperling Produce". March 31, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-03-22). "Brie Larson to Play First Female U.S. Presidential Candidate Victoria Woodhull in Amazon Film". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 

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