Magazine article Screen International

Amazon Studios Strikes Exclusive Direct-to-Service Thrillers Pact with Blumhouse Television

Magazine article Screen International

Amazon Studios Strikes Exclusive Direct-to-Service Thrillers Pact with Blumhouse Television

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Streaming platform cuts first deal on feature productions that will bypass theatrical release.

Jason Blum

Amazon Studios has signed an exclusive deal with Blumhouse Television under which the ITV-backed TV production company will make a series of eight feature-length thrillers to be released direct-to-service on Amazon Prime Video.

The companies said they were committed to attaching “diverse and underrepresented filmmakers” to the projects.

The deal is Amazon Studios’ first for feature-length productions that will go straight to the Prime Video platform and its subscribers in 200 markets worldwide, rather than getting an initial theatrical release.

Founded by film producer Jason Blum last year with funding from UK broadcaster ITV, Blumhouse Television makes basic cable series The Purge for USA Network, Sacred Lies for Facebook Watch, and anthology series Into The Dark, which recently premiered on streaming service Hulu. …

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