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Amazon Studios is a television and film producer and distributor that is a subsidiary of Amazon. It specializes in developing television series and distributing and producing films. It was started in late 2010.[3] Content is distributed through theaters and Prime Video, Amazon's digital video streaming service, and is a competitor to services like Netflix and Hulu.[4]

Amazon Studios
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Jennifer Salke (CEO)[1]
ProductsTelevision production
Film production
Film distribution
DivisionsPrime Movies[2]


Scripts for television and films used to be submitted online to Amazon[5] and read by staff; however, the website states they no longer accept submissions.. Amazon aimed to review submitted scripts within 90 days (although the process did last longer). If a project was chosen for development, the writer received $10,000.[6] If a developed script was selected for distribution as a full-budget movie, the creator got $200,000; if it was selected for distribution as a full-budget series, the creator got $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."[7]

In 2008, Amazon expanded into film production, producing the film The Stolen Child with 20th Century Fox.[8] In July 2015, Amazon announced it had acquired Spike Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, as its first Amazon Original Movie.[9][10][11]

Amazon Studio has also released its first and only comic book series, Blackburn Burrow in 2012 as a free download.[3] It contained a survey allowing Amazon to collect feedback to determine whether or not it was worthwhile to make the comic into a film.[3]

Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012[3] and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013;[12] 23 films and 26 television series were in active development as of March 2013.[3][6] In late 2016, it reorganized its film division into Prime Movies.[13]

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 external studios to distribute their projects.[14] The company also acquired global TV rights to The Lord of the Rings for $250 million.[15] However, Amazon still has external distribution clients outside of the United States, such as Elevation Pictures in Canada, as well as Warner Bros. and StudioCanal in the UK and France.

In April 2018, Amazon Studios announced that they will no longer accept open submissions of screenplays.[16]


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 the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy (aka "Golden Globe for Best Series").[17] In 2017, for Manchester by the Sea, Amazon Studios became the first streaming media service to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture;[18] the film was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, winning two: Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan. The film The Salesman (2016) won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; it was directed by Asghar Farhadi and distributed in the US by Amazon Studios.[19] In 2018, the period comedy-drama television series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, starring Rachel Brosnahan won two Golden Globe Awards (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Brosnahan) and five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Brosnahan.

List of original TV seriesEdit

List of original filmsEdit

Film Title Release Date Notes
Chi-Raq December 4, 2015 co-distribution with Roadside Attractions; first film and release[20]
Creative Control March 14, 2016 co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[21]
Elvis & Nixon April 22, 2016 co-distribution with Bleecker Street[22]
Love & Friendship May 13, 2016 co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[23]
The Neon Demon June 24, 2016 co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures[24]
Wiener-Dog co-distribution with IFC Films[25]
Café Society July 15, 2016 co-distribution with Lionsgate[26]
Gleason July 29, 2016 co-distribution with Open Road Films[27]
Complete Unknown August 26, 2016 co-distribution with IFC Films[28]
Author: The JT LeRoy Story September 9, 2016 co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
The Dressmaker September 23, 2016 co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures[29]
An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win October 21, 2016 co-distribution with American Girl
The Handmaiden co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[30]
Gimme Danger October 28, 2016 co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[31]
Manchester by the Sea November 18, 2016 co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[32]
Winner of 2 Academy Awards:
Best Actor (Casey Affleck)
Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
Nominated for 4 additional Academy Awards:
Best Picture (Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward and Kevin J. Walsh, producers)
Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan)
Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges)
Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams)
Paterson December 28, 2016 co-distribution with Bleecker Street[33]
The Salesman January 27, 2017 co-distribution with Cohen Media Group[19]
Winner of 1 Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Film (Iran)
I Am Not Your Negro February 3, 2017 co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[34]
Nominated for 1 Academy Award: Best Documentary Feature (Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck)
The Lost City of Z April 14, 2017 co-distribution with Bleecker Street[35]
The Wall May 12, 2017 co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[36]
The Big Sick June 23, 2017 co-distribution with Lionsgate[37]
Nominated for 1 Academy Award: Best Original Screenplay (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani)
City of Ghosts July 7, 2017 co-distribution with IFC Films[38]
Landline July 21, 2017 co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[39]
The Only Living Boy in New York August 11, 2017 co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[40]
Crown Heights August 18, 2017 co-distribution with IFC Films[41]
Brad's Status September 15, 2017 co-distribution with Annapurna Pictures[42]
Human Flow October 13, 2017
Wonderstruck October 20, 2017 co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[43]
Last Flag Flying November 3, 2017 co-distribution with Lionsgate[44]
Wonder Wheel December 1, 2017
Gringo March 9, 2018 co-distribution with STXfilms[45]
You Were Never Really Here April 6, 2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot July 13, 2018
Zoe July 20, 2018 released under Amazon Prime[46] in some countries, released as a Netflix Original film in other countries
Life Itself September 21, 2018
Beautiful Boy October 12, 2018
Suspiria October 26, 2018
Cold War December 21, 2018
Peterloo April 5, 2019
Guava Island April 13, 2019 released under Amazon Prime[47]
Photograph May 17, 2019
Late Night June 7, 2019
One Child Nation August 9, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon August 23, 2019
The Goldfinch September 13, 2019 Distributed by Warner Bros.
Honey Boy November 8, 2019
The Report November 15, 2019

Upcoming filmsEdit

Film Title Release Date Notes
The Aeronauts December 6, 2019
Seberg December 13, 2019
The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão December 20, 2019
Les Misérables January 10, 2020
Troop Zero January 17, 2020 distributed under Amazon Prime[48]
Radioactive 2020
Chemical Hearts 2020 distributed under Amazon Prime[49]
Blow the Man Down 2020 distributed under Amazon Prime[50]
Sound of Metal TBD
The Vast of Night[51] TBD
Louis Wain TBD
Annette TBD
7500 TBD distributed under Amazon Prime[52]
Nocturne TBD co-production with Blumhouse Productions[53]
Bliss TBD
I'm Your Woman TBD
The Voyeurs TBD


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