Amazon Greenlights More Than 20 New and Returning International Series

By Hazelton, John | Screen International, February 14, 2019 | Go to article overview

Amazon Greenlights More Than 20 New and Returning International Series


Hazelton, John, Screen International


Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke outlined global content plans to press in Los Angeles.

Pitching itself as an increasingly global content producer, Amazon Studios has given green lights to a slew of new original series from territories including the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan and Mexico.

In a presentation at this week’s Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Los Angeles, the company said it was ordering or renewing more than 20 series from international markets for its Amazon Prime Video streaming platform.

Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said the slate reflected a strategy initiated soon after her appointment a year ago “to get our hands around a global community, so that we could diversify the storytelling.”

Though Salke acknowledged being in “a race for talent globally” with Netflix and other streamers, she said the strategy is “more about knowing where our customers are and how we want to reach them in a way that feels global versus narrow and specific.”

While the first series announced is from the UK, Salke noted that the majority of the new international series will be in local languages. “We’re looking to make the same kind of noise and package big shows outside of the English-speaking territories as well,” she said.

The new UK project is a ten-part series based on British author Naomi Alderman’s hit thriller novel The Power, with the UK’s Sister Pictures producing. The series will start shooting on locations around the world next year, with Emmy-winning Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano directing and Tim Bricknell producing. …

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