Amazon places bet on streaming, fast-paced music awards show
Music ACM Awards Amazon FILE - This April 7, 2019 file photo shows Reba McEntire on stage at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Amazon has seen solid returns from its investment in streaming live sports, but its upcoming bet on the Academy of Country Music Awards is more of a gamble. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) (Chris Pizzello)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Amazon has seen solid returns from its investment in streaming live sports, but its upcoming experiment with its first live music awards show is more of a gamble. R.A. Clark, the longtime producer of the ACM Awards, said Amazon challenged him to significantly rethink the awards show format. “It’s definitely new, especially for country music," said Allen, who will be performing twice during the show.wftv.com
Amazon's 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' to end after season five
TV - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel This image released by Amazon Studios shows Rachel Brosnahan in a scene from "The Marvelous Mrs. (Amazon Studios via AP) (Uncredited)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Miriam “Midge” Maisel will have one more shot to make her stand-up career dreams come true. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will end after season five, Amazon Prime Video said Thursday. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, lauded the “joyous, brilliant, singular world” brought to life by the show's wife-and-husband creative team, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," created by Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls"), has won 20 Emmys, including best comedy series and best comedy actress for Brosnahan.wftv.com
'Coming 2 America' to launch on Amazon Prime in March
“Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy, has landed on a date to come to audiences. The film which reunites Murphy and Arsenio Hall will debut on Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021, Amazon Studios said Friday. Originally a Paramount Pictures theatrical release, the studio sold the film to the streamer last month but had yet to finalize a date. “Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos will also be reprising their roles alongside new additions like Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan and KiKi Layne.
Michael B. Jordan wants you to view a drive-in movie, on him
FILE - In this July, 26, 2019 photo, actor and producer Michael B. Jordan poses for a portrait during the 2019 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jordan has partnered with Amazon Studios for A Night at the Drive-In that will bring diverse films to drive-in theaters for free screenings. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK For Michael B. Jordan, timing is everything. So when the SAG award winner marched in a Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest last month demanding that Hollywood drastically increase its diversity in the executive ranks, it was a moment he felt prepared for. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said the partnership falls into the companys efforts to support social justice initiatives. What were doing right now while we have the energy and the momentum, lets continue to keep the conversation pushing forward, Jordan said.