Amazon MGM to License Original Series and Movies to Others

Amazon has announced the launch of Amazon MGM Studios Distribution, which will allow it to license original series and movies to other media companies. Although the company has distributed media titles before, this new venture is to be implied on a larger scale.

Amazon MGM to License Original Series and Movies to Others

The launch will see titles such as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “Coming 2 America,” “Goliath,” “Hunters,” “The Tender Bar,” “The Tomorrow War,” “The Voyeurs” and “Without Remorse,” up for distribution for the first time after their initial run on Prime Video.

The company also plans to include streaming services to distribute the movies and shows as third-party distributors. A similar move was taken by Warner Bros. in January 2020, when it finalized a deal with Roku and Tubi to license 2,000 hours of content. The deal brought titles like, “Cake Boss,” “Westworld”, and “The Bachelor” to free ad-supported (FAST) streaming services.

Last year Amazon acquired MGM for $8.5 billion, which gave the company access to a wide number of studio media including 4,000 movies and 17,000 TV shows. Now, the launch of Amazon MGM Studios Distribution, the company will also handle sales of MGM-owned franchises such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Fargo,” “Vikings,” as well as “James Bond,” “Rocky and Creed”.

This announcement has come after a series of other launches by Amazon recently, the company also brought free ad-supported streaming channels just for Amazon Fire TV. Similarly, the company had also announced its plans to bring over 100 Original Amazon series to its ad-supported free streaming service Amazon Freevee. According to the previous announcement, original shows like “Reacher,” “The Summer I Turned Pretty”, “The Wheel of Time,” “Troop Zero,” “A League of Their Own,” “LuLaRich,” “Jury Duty, ”and “Late Night.” and other shows will be available on Freevee.

Jen Salke the head of Amazon Studios, stated, “The launch of Amazon MGM Studios Distribution reinforces our commitment to bringing the very best content to audiences everywhere worldwide.” He further added, “With the integration of MGM, we wanted to take advantage of the existing team to expand our business in ways that will greatly benefit our customers around the world.”

The Amazon MGM Studios Distribution will be available for buyers at L.A Screenings, an International TV marketplace.

Source: MGM Studios, Amazon Freevee

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