It’s been a game-changing month for Amazon Studios.
The online superstore announced plans last week to start producing original movies—not just a few, either, but 12 titles a year, each with a respectable indie budget ranging from $5 million to $25 million. The move came on the heels of Amazon solidifying its reputation as a major force in the TV industry by convincing Woody Allen to make a TV series and picking up two Golden Globes for its transgender dramedy Transparent—including the first-ever win by a streaming company in the best series category. And at least one of Amazon’s new crop of TV pilots is winning raves (an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi thriller The Man in the High Castle from producer Ridley Scott and The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz)
Amazon expects to disrupt Hollywood further by pushing cinema owners for a super-short distribution window since the company wants their films to be available for Prime Instant Video subscribers a mere four to eight weeks after exiting theaters.
Below, Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price talks to EW about his strategy for tackling Hollywood tradition on the film and TV side.