Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN - Analyst Report) film production division, Amazon Studios, is premiere the highly anticipated series of three comedies – I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick – next year.
The comedies will be shown exclusively on Prime Video via the Amazon Video app on TVs and connected devices like mobile, Fire TV, and online at www.amazon.com/thegrandtour.
About The 3 Comedy Series
I Love Dick is directed by Soloway and written by Gubbins. It is executive produced by Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling and Sarah Gubbins. The half-hour series is based on a couple’s marital struggles in the artistic and academic community of Marfa, TX.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson is directed by Atencio and written and created by Callaham. It is executive produced by Peter Atencio, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Dave Callaham and Van Damme. The series features Jean-Claude Van Damme who will serve as a dangerous undercover private contractor in the world.
The Tick is directed by Wally Pfister and written by Edlund. The show is executive produced by Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld. The story is about an accountant who tries to uncover a superhero conspiracy but soon falls in league with a strange blue superhero.
The pilots of each of these three series were released on Aug 19. Based on viewers’ feedback, the three shows will premiere in 2017 in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.
Joe Lewis, head of the half-hour series for Amazon Studios said that these pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes funny. He also said, “It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a huge way. We can’t wait to premiere these series next year on Prime Video.”
The increasing popularity of tablets, smartphones and web-connected TVs has enhanced online-video viewing and continues to attract consumers as well as leading technology companies like Alphabet (GOOGL - Analyst Report) and Apple Inc. (AAPL - Analyst Report) . Therefore, Amazon is leaving no stone unturned to boost its digital media sales and attract new viewers by adding dramatic comedy series to its content line-up and making Prime Instant video service more attractive.
With rival online video content majors such as Netflix, Inc. (NFLX - Analyst Report) , Hulu and HBO recording substantial success with documentaries such as “The Jinx” and “Making a Murder,” it’s natural for Amazon to compete against them with successful acts of its own. These new shows are expected to help Amazon penetrate further in the growing streaming market at a much faster rate.
Currently, Amazon is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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