Amazon signs up Woody Allen for TV series

Acclaimed director to make his television debut with ecommerce giant’s streaming service Prime Instant Video


Amazon Studios announced on Tuesday that it has signed US director Woody Allen to write and direct his first ever television series.

Untitled Woody Allen Project”, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen. Customers will be able to see the series exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. Additional details, including casting information, will be made available in the future.

“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios. “From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”

Woody Allen added, “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this”.

Since its launch in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic serie - anyone can upload a script online and Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions - the studio has debuted a number of series including the multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent.