• Scriptnotes, Ep. 32: Amazon’s new deal for writers — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2012/scriptnotes-ep-32-amazons-new-deal-for-writers-transcript

    …to admit that they used to be an awful, awful place. But now they are a good place. And here’s what happened… John: So we really should give some back story, because we can’t assume that everyone knows what Amazon Studios was. Craig: Back story us. John: Okay, so the back story is Amazon Studios is from Amazon… — What do you even call Amazon right now? They are an internet retailer, I guess? Craig: That’s…

  • Scriptnotes, Ep. 27, Let’s run a studio! — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2012/scriptnotes-ep-27-lets-run-a-studio-transcript

    …] John: I don’t know that they will be making a movie any time soon, but we will see how it all plays out. But my frustration, and this is dealing with stuff that happened before the podcast began, but I criticized the Amazon Studios deal as being a really bad idea for screenwriters in the sense of they were taking ownership of stuff that you really didn’t want them taking ownership of. And doing weird things that felt, not…

  • Scriptnotes, Ep. 33: Professional screenwriting, and why no one really breaks in — Transcript https://johnaugust.com/2012/scriptnotes-ep-33-professional-screenwriting-and-why-no-one-really-breaks-in-transcript

    …spoke about the new Amazon deal which is essentially they have revamped how Amazon Studios is going to be working for their screenwriting — it’s much less of a competition than it used to be before. But basically Amazon Studios is going to try to make movies, and they are now going to be — they cut a deal with the WGA so that WGA writers can be employed by Amazon. Craig: Yes. John: And in talking with other screenwriters in…

  • Amazon Studios at AFF https://johnaugust.com/2012/amazon-studios-at-aff

    …nly speak for myself. First, it wasn’t really a panel. There was one Dude at a podium, so it was more like a new-hire presentation at Dundler Mifflin rather than a Q&A with a studio exec. The Dude, head of development at Amazon Studios I think, seemed nice enough and intelligent enough, but he used the phrase “I’d rather not get into the details of that” way too often for my tastes. Bullet points: Writers can upload their scripts to the…

  • Amazon Studios now slightly less terrible https://johnaugust.com/2011/amazon-studios-now-slightly-less-terrible

    …ber, one of the bold new ideas of Amazon Studios was letting any user rewrite any screenplay in the competition. I thought that was an absolutely terrible plan. As announced yesterday, the company seems to agree: Also today, Amazon Studios launched a new feature that allows writers to control the level of collaboration on their original scripts. Writers, upon upload or thereafter, will be able to designate their projects as open (anyone can add…

  • On the Amazon film thing https://johnaugust.com/2010/on-the-amazon-film-thing

    …got involved with a little company called Pixar, and that’s worked out pretty well. If Amazon Studios were a simple finance and production outfit like Relativity or Morgan Creek, there would be nothing more to say. But Amazon Studios has an unusual strategy: Amazon Studios invites filmmakers and screenwriters from all over the world to submit full-length movies and scripts, which will then get feedback from Amazon readers, who will be free…