Amazon Offering Free Video Games to Prime Members

Amazon, beginning March 15, will start giving Prime members free access to digital video games on a monthly basis through its subsidiary – acquired in 2014 for $940 million in cash.

In a blog post, Twitch said it is launching the promotional campaign in response to feedback from the “Twitch Prime Indie Amplifier” program touting new game titles members voted on.

Indeed, all eight titles from the Indie Amplifier program will be made available over the next few months.

“First up are the winner, Shadow Tactics, and strategy-RPG Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation,” wrote Joveth Gonzalez, who works in marketing at Twitch.

Other titles include Superhot, Oxenfree and Mr. Shifty. Coming April: Tales from the Borderlands, SteamWorld Dig 2, Kingsway, Tokyo 42 and Dubwars.


Amazon Studios Inks Deal With Oscar-Winning Filmmaker

Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive first-look deal with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a nomination for Best Director for Manchester by the Sea, distributed by Amazon.

The two-year deal for directing and writing will cover both film and television projects.

“I’m thrilled to renew my connection to Amazon Studios,” said Lonergan in a statement. “They’ve done amazing work wherever they’ve turned their attention. They did a perfect job with Manchester by the Sea, and it’s a pleasure to be in business with them again.”

“Kenny is one of the finest directors and storytellers of our time,” said Jason Ropell, VP of worldwide motion pictures, Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Following our successful and memorable partnership on Manchester by the Sea, we are excited to further our relationship and continue supporting his visionary work.”

Lonergan’s upcoming projects include Howards End, a four-part limited series starring Hayley Atwell, and the play “Lobby Hero” starring Chris Evans, Michael Cera, Bel Powley  and Brian Tyree Henry, set to premiere on Broadway in March.

Manchester by the Sea is available now for streaming and download on Prime Video.

Amazon Acquires Rights to Produce Space Opera TV Series From Writer Iain Banks

Amazon Studios has acquired the global television rights to the first novel from the space opera “Culture” series by Scottish writer Iain M. Banks.

Consider Phlebas features Banks’ fictional interstellar utopian society the Culture, in which a highly advanced and progressive society ends up at war with the Idirans, a deeply religious, warlike race intent on dominating the entire galaxy. The story centers on Horza, a rogue agent tasked by the Idirans with the impossible mission of recovering a missing Culture “Mind,” an artificial intelligence many thousands of times smarter than any human — something that could hold the key to wiping out the Culture altogether.

The series will be adapted by Dennis Kelly with Plan B Entertainment slated to produce and the estate of Iain Banks attached as executive producer.

“The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios, in a statement. “We are honored that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make Consider Phlebas into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”

“Iain Banks has long been a hero of mine, and his innate warmth, humor and humanism shines through these novels,” Kelly said in a statement. “Far from being the dystopian nightmares that we are used to, Banks creates a kind of flawed paradise, a society truly worth fighting for — rather than a warning from the future, his books are a beckoning.”

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Amazon Prime Video and ITV to Release Series Starring Kate Beckinsale

Amazon Prime Video and ITV Jan. 3 announced they plan to produce The Widow, an eight-episode Prime Original and ITV series, starring Kate Beckinsale.

The series is written by Harry and Jack Williams.

“The Widow” follows Georgia Wells (Beckinsale), who has cut herself off from her previous life. After seeing her “late” husband on the news, she seeks the truth about her past, taking her into the African Congo.

The show will distributed globally by all3media International and will premiere on ITV in the United Kingdom and on Prime Video in the United States and in more than 200 countries and territories.

“We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films,” said Brad Beale, VP, worldwide TV content acquisition, Amazon Prime Video. “Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world.”

Amazon Unveils Best of Prime 2017

Amazon Jan. 2 announced its Best of Prime 2017 — revealing some of Prime members’ favorite content of the year. Prime members used their digital benefits in 2017 more than in any previous year, according to the company.

Customers in more than 240 countries and territories around the world made season one of “The Grand Tour” and “Sneaky Pete” the most streamed Prime Originals.

Dec. 30, 2017, was the biggest streaming day of the year around the world, and the top streamed series on Prime Video that day were season two of “The Grand Tour” and Golden Globe-nominated “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Manchester by the Sea was the most watched Amazon Original Movie in the United States.

Live coverage of 10 NFL “Thursday Night Football” games on Prime Video this season reached more than 17 million combined viewers in more than 200 countries and territories.

Based on trailer views, among the most anticipated Prime Originals in the United States were Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” and the third season of “The Man in the High Castle.”

“Tens of millions of members around the world enjoy the many benefits included with Prime, and in fact, more new paid members joined Prime worldwide this year than any previous year,” said Greg Greeley, VP, Amazon Prime, in a statement. “In 2017, more than 5 billion items worldwide shipped with Prime and members used digital benefits like Prime Video, Prime Music and Prime Reading more than ever before.”

Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot topped the Best of Prime 2017 as the best-selling products purchased by U.S. Prime members from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon, according to the company.

New countries that joined Prime in 2017 include Mexico, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Singapore. Prime is also available in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium and Austria.