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Amazon Studios
FoundedNovember 2010
HeadquartersCulver City, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Jennifer Salke (CEO)[1]
ProductsTelevision production
Film production
Film distribution
DivisionsPrime Movies[2]

Amazon Studios is a television and film producer and distributor that is a subsidiary of Amazon. It specializes in developing television series and distributing and producing films. It was started in late 2010.[3] Content is distributed through theaters and Prime Video, Amazon's digital video streaming service, and is a competitor to services like Netflix and Disney+.[4]


Scripts for television and films used to be submitted online to Amazon[5] and read by staff; however, the website states they no longer accept submissions. Amazon aimed to review submitted scripts within 90 days (although the process did last longer). If a project was chosen for development, the writer received $10,000.[6] If a developed script was selected for distribution as a full-budget movie, the creator got $200,000; if it was selected for distribution as a full-budget series, the creator got $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."[7]

In 2008, Amazon expanded into film production, producing the film The Stolen Child with 20th Century Fox.[8] In July 2015, Amazon announced it had acquired Spike Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, as its first Amazon Original Movie.[9][10][11]

Amazon Studio has also released its first and only comic book series, Blackburn Burrow in 2012 as a free download.[3] It contained a survey allowing Amazon to collect feedback to determine whether or not it was worthwhile to make the comic into a film.[3]

Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012[3] and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013;[12] 23 films and 26 television series were in active development as of March 2013.[3][6] In late 2016, it reorganized its film division into Prime Movies.[13]

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.[14] The company also acquired global TV rights to The Lord of the Rings for $250 million.[15] 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 April 2018, Amazon Studios announced that they will no longer accept open submissions of screenplays.[16]


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").[17] 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;[18] 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.[19] In 2018, the period comedy-drama television series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, starring Rachel Brosnahan won two Golden Globe Awards (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Brosnahan) and five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Brosnahan.

List of original TV series[edit]

List of original films[edit]

Release date Film Title Notes
December 4, 2015 Chi-Raq co-distribution with Roadside Attractions; first film and release[20]
March 14, 2016 Creative Control co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[21]
April 22, 2016 Elvis & Nixon co-distribution with Bleecker Street[22]
May 13, 2016 Love & Friendship co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[23]
June 24, 2016 The Neon Demon co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures[24]
Wiener-Dog co-distribution with IFC Films[25]
July 15, 2016 Café Society co-distribution with Lionsgate[26]
July 29, 2016 Gleason co-distribution with Open Road Films[27]
August 26, 2016 Complete Unknown co-distribution with IFC Films[28]
September 9, 2016 Author: The JT LeRoy Story co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures
September 23, 2016 The Dressmaker co-distribution with Broad Green Pictures[29]
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[30]
October 28, 2016 Gimme Danger co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[31]
November 18, 2016 Manchester by the Sea co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[32]
Winner of 2 Academy Awards:
Best Actor (Casey Affleck)
Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
Nominated for 4 additional Academy Awards:
Best Picture (Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward and Kevin J. Walsh, producers)
Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan)
Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges)
Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams)
December 28, 2016 Paterson co-distribution with Bleecker Street[33]
January 27, 2017 The Salesman co-distribution with Cohen Media Group[19]
Winner of 1 Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Film (Iran)
February 3, 2017 I Am Not Your Negro co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[34]
Nominated for 1 Academy Award: Best Documentary Feature (Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck)
April 14, 2017 The Lost City of Z co-distribution with Bleecker Street[35]
May 12, 2017 The Wall co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[36]
June 23, 2017 The Big Sick co-distribution with Lionsgate[37]
Nominated for 1 Academy Award: Best Original Screenplay (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani)
July 7, 2017 City of Ghosts co-distribution with IFC Films[38]
July 21, 2017 Landline co-distribution with Magnolia Pictures[39]
August 11, 2017 The Only Living Boy in New York co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[40]
August 18, 2017 Crown Heights co-distribution with IFC Films[41]
September 15, 2017 Brad's Status co-distribution with Annapurna Pictures[42]
October 13, 2017 Human Flow
October 20, 2017 Wonderstruck co-distribution with Roadside Attractions[43]
November 3, 2017 Last Flag Flying co-distribution with Lionsgate[44]
December 1, 2017 Wonder Wheel
March 9, 2018 Gringo co-distribution with STXfilms[45]
April 6, 2018 You Were Never Really Here
April 20, 2018 Pass Over released under Amazon Prime[46]
July 13, 2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
July 20, 2018 Zoe released under Amazon Prime[47] in some countries, released as a Netflix Original film in other countries
September 21, 2018 Life Itself
October 12, 2018 Beautiful Boy
October 26, 2018 Suspiria
December 21, 2018 Cold War
April 5, 2019 Peterloo
April 13, 2019 Guava Island released under Amazon Prime[48]
May 17, 2019 Photograph
June 7, 2019 Late Night
August 9, 2019 One Child Nation
August 23, 2019 Brittany Runs a Marathon
September 13, 2019 The Goldfinch Distributed by Warner Bros.
November 8, 2019 Honey Boy
November 15, 2019 The Report
December 6, 2019 The Aeronauts
December 13, 2019 Seberg
December 20, 2019 The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão
January 10, 2020 Les Misérables
January 17, 2020 Troop Zero distributed under Amazon Prime[49]
March 20, 2020 Blow the Man Down distributed under Amazon Prime[50]
April 17, 2020 Selah and the Spades distributed under Amazon Prime

Upcoming films[edit]

Release date Film Title Notes
May 29, 2020 The Vast of Night[51]
June 19, 2020 7500 distributed under Amazon Prime[52]
July 24, 2020 Radioactive distributed under Amazon Prime
August 7, 2020 Boyz in the Wood distributed under Amazon Prime
August 14, 2020 Sound of Metal
August 21, 2020 Chemical Hearts distributed under Amazon Prime[53]
2020 My Spy distributed under Amazon Prime[54]
2020 Bliss
2020 Herself
2020 I'm Your Woman
2020 Sylvie's Love
2020 Time
2020 Uncle Frank
TBD Annette
TBD Birds of Paradise
TBD Louis Wain
TBD Master
TBD The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
TBD Nocturne co-production with Blumhouse Productions[55]
TBD Run Sweetheart Run
TBD The Voyeurs
TBD Robot Riot
TBD Red White and Royal Blue


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