Magazine article Screen International

Amazon Prime Exceeds 100m Subscribers, Says Jeff Bezos

Magazine article Screen International

Amazon Prime Exceeds 100m Subscribers, Says Jeff Bezos

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Company founder says ‘work’ on The Lord Of The Rings and Cortés series to begin this year.

Jeff Bezos

In the week Netflix top brass said global subscribers had hit 125m, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has revealed his company’s Amazon Prime service has exceeded 100m members.

Bezos told shareholders in a letter released on Wednesday (April 18) that more new members joined Prime worldwide in 2017 than in any other year in the service’s 13-year history.

Prime Day 2017 was the company’s biggest global shopping event ever until it was surpassed by Cyber Monday.

Bezos said Prime Video “continued to drive Prime member adoption and retention” and in the last year added Prime Originals such as double Golden Globe winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Oscar-nominated comedy feature The Big Sick.

“We’ve expanded our slate comedy feature programming across the globe,” Bezos wrote, “launching new seasons of Bosch and Sneaky Pete from the U.S., The Grand Tour from the U.K., and You Are Wanted from Germany, while adding new Sentosha shows from Japan, along with Breathe and the award-winning Inside Edge from India. …

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