With the help of MGM Studios, which Amazon has already taken over in 2022, the US company wants to sell its own films and series to third parties in the future. The background.
Amazon plans to sell its in-house productions to third-party media companies in the future. As various media report, the company announced that it will license its originals through a new distribution company called MGM Studios Distribution.
Amazon will not only sell its own originals, but also titles from MGM Studios.
MGM and Amazon originals to be put up for sale
Amazon already bought MGM Studios for 8.45 billion US dollars in 2022. Even then it was obvious that the reason for the takeover was primarily giant productions such as the James Bond franchise.
The company could soon sell these blockbusters, but also Amazon Originals such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or The Tomorrow War, to other streaming services and TV channels.
Is Amazon building a new prime channel with MGM Plus?
To be sure, this is not the first time Amazon has distributed shows. However, this project reaches a new scale. Especially because Amazon’s Originals were previously reserved for Prime Video customers.
First of all, Amazon apparently plans to sell its own titles – on a national and international level. At the same time, however, the new streaming service MGM Plus was launched in mid-January 2023.
MGM Plus offers originals and cinema hits
Like Prime before it, MGM Plus also offers subscribers a selection of original content. Users will also be able to stream MGM classics as well as box office hits such as Top Gun: Maverick and House of Guccii from the library.
With regard to film series such as Rocky and James Bond or series like Fargo, Vikings and The Handmaid’s Tale, it remains to be seen whether Amazon will keep them as part of its own streaming services or whether they will be for sale.
The launch of MGM Studios Distribution underscores Amazon’s commitment to bringing the best content to audiences everywhere, said Jen Salke, head of Amazon Studios.
Later this month, she said, the company will introduce its new distribution company, Buyer to the L.A. Screening international TV marketplace.