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AMAZON EMBARKS ON NEW FILM DEVELOPMENT VENTURE
November 17, 2010, 1:05 pm
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LA Times
The world’s largest online retailer is going Hollywood with the launch of Amazon Studios, a new website that lets users upload scripts, storyboards, and sample films to be evaluated for production by a panel of film executives and experts. Work judged to be the most promising will then be taken to Warner Bros, with whom the Seattle-based company has signed a first-look deal in hopes of getting features made under the Amazon Studios banner. Aspiring filmmakers who submit scripts and/or films to the site give Amazon implicit consent to option their work for 18 months; but, Amazon will reward contributors $200,000 if their submission is ultimately made into a studio released film. “It’s much easier now to make movies but it’s still as hard as ever to break into Hollywood,” says Amazon Studios director Roy Price in an LA times article. “We think we can play an interesting role in changing that.” The expert film judges enlisted for the Amazon Studios panel will also award monthly and yearly prizes to top-rated content to the tune of $2.7 million dollars. For more information about the new site or to read the full article, check out the link.

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