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

in 2020, Amazon merged it's film division with the others to form Buffalo Pictures.

Film and television

Scripts for television and films are submitted online to Amazon and are read by staff. Amazon aims to review submitted scripts within 90 days (although the process can last longer). If a project is chosen for development, the writer receives $10,000. 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."

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

Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012[1] and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013; 23 films and 26 television series were in active development as of March 2013. In late 2016, it reorganized its film division into Prime Movies.

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. The company also acquired global TV ownership of The Lord of the Rings for $1 billion. 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 January 2018, following the proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox and its assets from Rupert Murdoch by The Walt Disney Company, it was reported that Lionsgate (which has partnered with Amazon Studios for films such as Manchester by the Sea which was co-released via Lionsgate's independent film subsidiary Roadside Attractions and The Big Sick) is being subject to a bidding war for a possible acquisition, with (owner of Amazon Studios including Prime Movies), CBS Corporation, Comcast, Verizon Communications, and Viacom having made offers. If's bid for Lionsgate wins, Lionsgate's film and television production/distribution assets will merge with Amazon Studios, while Amazon Prime will take control of Lionsgate's streaming services and incorporate them into Amazon Video. However, Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns has stated in an interview with CNBC that Lionsgate is mostly interested in merging with CBS and Viacom (both of which are in talks to merge back into one company).

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


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"). 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; 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.


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


See also: List of original programs distributed by Amazon


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Amazon Animation is an animation division of Amazon to make a lot of shows and films for little and big kids.


Release Date Film Title Notes
Febuary 12, 2016 Dawn of the End co-distribution with DeKnight Productions and Amazon Studios & Roblox
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
March 9, 2018 Gringo co-distribution with STXfilms
April 6, 2018 You Were Never Really Here
July 13, 2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Upcoming films

Release Date Film Title Notes
July 20, 2018 Zoe released under Amazon Prime
September 21, 2018 Life Itself
October 12, 2018 Beautiful Boy
November 2, 2018 Suspiria
November 9, 2018 Peterloo
December 21, 2018 Cold War
October 11, 2019 The Goldfinch Distributed by Warner Bros.
TBD 2018 A Rainy Day in New York
TBD 2019 Radioactive U.S./Canada distribution only; 21 Laps Entertainment handled International distribution



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