Prime Instant Allen: Woody Allen to Create a Television Series for…Amazon?

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“I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas, and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”

Angela Chen reports: Amazon.com Inc., fresh from its Golden Globe wins for its original show “Transparent,” has signed filmmaker Woody Allen to write and direct his first television series.B7PdXL_IAAE5r4f

“I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas, and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that [Amazon Studios Vice President] Roy Price will regret this,” Mr. Allen said in a news release about the project, which is still unnamed.

[An outbreak of mockery ensues at Twitter ]

Amazon has commissioned a full season, with half-hour episodes available on its Prime Instant Video. The will be the first television project by Mr. Allen, who has worked on films such as “Annie Hall” and “Midnight in Paris.” He has won four Oscars.

On Sunday, Amazon’s “Transparent”—about a California family whose father comes out as transgender—took home two Golden Globes at the 72nd annual awards: best musical or comedy TV series, and best actor in a musical or comedy series for actor Jeffrey Tambor. This is the first Golden Globe win for an Amazon show.

“Transparent” beat out “Girls” and “Silicon Valley,” which are produced by HBO, “Orange is the New Black,” a Netflix show, and CW’s “Jane the Virgin.”

In 2010, Amazon began moving into the area of producing television content, which has been led by Netflix with hits such as the Emmy-winning “House of Cards.” In addition to “Transparent,” Amazon produces “Alpha House,” a political comedy about four politicians who live together, written by Doonesbury comic strip creator Garry Trudeau, and several children’s shows. This year, it plans to introduce five new shows….(read more)

WSJ



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