Amazon Looks for its Own Fire, Ice and Dragons

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by @todotvnews the 11/09/2017
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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price says the company is looking to go bigger with original productions as it undergoes a major strategy shift in an effort to have its very own Game of Thrones: a huge drama with worldwide appeal. 

When it comes to the production of originals, Amazon is constantly raising the bar to grow bigger and better. And although most originals aren't exactly niche low-budget productions, the platform is aiming for bigger things… the kind of big you'd think of when you picture HBO's hit show Game of Thrones.

According to Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, in an interview with Variety, the company is shifting its strategy to focus on huge dramas with worldwide appeal - the standout qualities shown by Game of Thrones. And as such, will refocus on "big shows that can make the biggest difference around the world."

"I do think Game of Thrones is to TV as Jaws and Star Wars was to the movies of the 1970s," Price said. "It’ll inspire a lot of people. Everybody wants a big hit and certainly that’s the show of the moment in terms of being a model for a hit."

To this end the company has cancelled and green-lighted some productions in an effort to start producing more ambitious, attention-grabbing "event television." The first man down has been season two of period piece Z: The Beginning of Everything, while five new projects one would typically not expect from Amazon have been announced.

These include a Wong Kar-wai directed show about immigrants in 19th-century San Francisco (Tong Wars), a comedy starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph and a comic book adaptation produced by Seth Rogen (The Boys) eyed as a straight-to-series order.

The orders also include pilots for comedies from the creators of How I Met Your Mother (Making Friends) and The Office's Greg Daniels (Upload).

In addition, more shows are expected to get the axe as the company solidifies the new strategy, but some star-studded productions are expected to remain as they are more likely to encourage subscriptions to Amazon Prime and to get "the needle moving."

Price also told Variety that other high-profile deals will be announced in coming weeks with the main focus being the finding on a moment-defining series. The last of its kind for Amazon was Transparent on 2014, followed up by The Man in the High Castle which, although good, was easily eclipsed in pop culture by Hulu's The Handmaid’s Tale.

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