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亚马逊杀入原创电视制作市场

JP Mangalindan 2012年05月04日

正如很多人预期的那样,亚马逊就要开始制作与“真正的”电视节目品质相当的原创系列影视节目了,所投入的预算也不相上下。

    几个月来,科技业界一直在猜测亚马逊公司(Amazon)何时——而非是否——会征集剧本以及增强其内容创作团队,以大举进军原创电视节目领域。现在,官方消息已经发布:亚马逊将开始制作原创电视节目内容。

    周三,亚马逊宣布有意开发原创喜剧和儿童节目,并由其在线视频流媒体服务“亚马逊即时视频”(Amazon Instant Video)发行。亚马逊电影网站“亚马逊工作室”(Amazon Studios)总监罗伊•普莱斯在一份新闻发布稿中表示:“亚马逊工作室希望发掘优秀创作人才,推出观众喜闻乐见的节目。在开发电影的过程中,我们听说内容创作者们对原创的系列喜剧和儿童节目很感兴趣。我们很高兴能为剧作者、动漫人士和导演带来这一新机会,使他们能开发原创系列节目。”

    亚马逊工作室将征集各类原创剧本,每月选出一个新项目,并请观众对这个项目做出评价。如果某个项目被选中,创作者将获得1万美元。如果该项目正式投拍为完整的原创系列剧,创作者将获得5.5万美元以及最高5%的版税。罗伊•普莱斯对科技网站AllThingsD表示,亚马逊旨在用可与“真正的”电视节目相匹敌的预算投入,制作出品质不相上下的原创系列剧。

    《财富》杂志(Fortune)今年3月曾报道过,亚马逊在电视领域这一试水将由乔•路易斯领衔。他是好莱坞资深人士,曾任20世纪福克斯公司(20th Century Fox)制作总监,美国喜剧中心频道(Comedy Central)开发经理,以及云电视网络Bark Industries的首席执行官。在喜剧中心频道时,他负责Tosh.0的制作。这是一部由喜剧明星丹尼尔•托什主持的系列节目,它对等科技文化话题进行品评,每周还推出一个人气视频单元。《财富》杂志通过LinkedIn上的一个帖子发现了对路易斯的这一任命,但该帖随后被删掉了。

    高德纳公司(Gartner)的分析师雷•瓦尔德近期向《财富》杂志表示,亚马逊此举“有其内在逻辑”。他援引了谷歌公司(Google)为例,谷歌便正在开发新的原创内容。而与此同时,流媒体视频供应商Hulu计划今年在影视节目上投资5亿美元,使其产品既有传统电视节目,又有有线网络节目。而网飞公司(Netflix)则于去年2月推出了自己首部原创系列剧Lilyhammer。

    事实证明,这类原创内容能成为亚马逊付费服务发展的重要推手。2005年推出的这项服务旨在鼓励用户在该网站花钱消费。每年只需花上79美元,会员就能享受不限量货品两天送达的免费快递服务。此外,亚马逊为了让用户尝到更多甜头,还设法增加了多项特色服务,比如和网飞公司相仿的影视流媒体无限量供应服务。这项服务也旨在销售出更多Kindle平板电脑。原创电视节目正式推出后,还能丰富整个产品线。

    亚马逊工作室2010年11月正式成立,迄今已收到700多部电影和7000多个剧本,该公司目前正在制作的电影有15部之多。

    译者:清远

    For months, the technology world has wondered when -- not if -- Amazon would get into original TV programing by soliciting scripts and beefing up its nascent in-house staff. Now, it's official: Amazon (AMZN) will produce original television content.

    On Wednesday, the company announced its intentions to develop original comedy and children shows that will be distributed by way of its online streaming service, Amazon Instant Video. "Amazon Studios wants to discover great talent and produce programming that audiences will love," Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a release. "In the course of developing movies, we've heard a lot of interest from content creators who want to develop original series in the comedy and children's genres. We are excited to bring writers, animators and directors this new opportunity to develop original series."

    Amazon Studios will solicit original scripts, option one new project a month, and test that project with an audience. If the project is optioned, the creator will receive $10,000. If the project is turned into a full original series, the creator will $55,000 and up to 5% in royalties. As studio head Roy Price told AllThingsD, the company aims to make these original series have the same quality as "real" TV shows, with production budgets to match.

    As Fortune reported in March, Amazon's TV push will be led by Joe Lewis, a Hollywood veteran whose previous experience includes stints as Director of Production at 20th Century Fox (NWS), Manager of Development at Comedy Central, and CEO of the cloud-based TV network Bark Industries. At Comedy Central, he was an executive in charge of the production of Tosh.0, a series hosted by comedian Daniel Tosh that melds viral web videos with popular culture commentary. Fortune discovered Lewis' hiring through a LinkedIn posting, which was later taken down.

    "I think there's a logic to it," Gartner analyst Ray Valdes told Fortune recently of the effort. Valdes pointed to Google (GOOG) as one example of a company which is also focusing its efforts on new original content. Streaming service Hulu, meanwhile, plans to spend $500 million on TV and movie programming this year to round out its offerings of traditional broadcast and cable programming. And Netflix launched its first original series, Lilyhammer, last February.

    Original content of this type could prove to become an important driver of Amazon's Prime service. Launched in 2005, Prime aimed to get customers to spend more. For $79 a year, members got free two-day delivery on an unlimited number of items. Amazon has sweetened its offerings from there adding, among many other features, an unlimited movie and TV streaming service similar to Netflix. The service is also intended to help sell more Kindle tablets. Original TV could bolster the entire offer -- if shows take off.

    Amazon Studios which launched in November of 2010, has received more than 700 test movies and 7,000 scripts to date. The company also has 15 movies in development.

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