Amazon Invests Millions In Original TV Shows To Get You To Buy More Diapers

Speaking of corporate plots (ah, paranoia! how we love you!), here’s a commonsense look at the thinking behind Amazon.Com’s move into TV/video production.

buy-buyby Timothy Stenovec

Netflix. Hulu Plus. And now, Amazon.

The world’s largest online retailer is joining its streaming video peers and betting millions of dollars on creating original content. read article

Hulu and Viacom are Staying in Bed Together

…And the sex relationship  is even better than ever!

Viacom is extending the deal that puts so much of its cable “product” on Hulu and, in fact, adding several new choices for Hulu visitors/viewers to, erm, choose.

Well, not exactly new. We’re talking mostly about shows like iCARLY, VICTORIOUS, and HOW TO ROCK, which are either formerly hot and watched on TV by only a ghost of their old audience, or just plain deceased although SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and the upcoming reboot of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES will be available on Hulu Plus. read article

Don’t Tell Anyone, But This Show Marks a Breakthrough for U.S. TV

by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Hulu today announced its first international co-production with the BBC for the highly anticipated fourth season of Armando Iannucci’s political U.K. comedy “The Thick of It,” through a partnership secured by BBC Worldwide Americas. Beginning July 29, Hulu and Hulu Plus will be the exclusive U.S. destination for fans to watch every episode from the first three seasons of the beloved program, as well as the two specials released between seasons in the UK. “The Thick of It” was initially broadcasted on BBC Four in the U.K. and BBC AMERICA in the U.S. Hulu will also exclusively premiere the fourth season in the U.S., which will air first on Hulu and Hulu Plus day-and-date with the U.K. broadcast before returning to BBC AMERICA early next year.

Created and written by Armando Iannucci, acclaimed writer of HBO’s “Veep” and Oscar-nominated film “In the Loop,” “The Thick of It” takes a smart, satirical look at the inner workings of British government. Shot in a vérité style with hand-held cameras, Iannucci’s distinctive brand of comedy thrusts viewers into a world of political embarrassment, backroom deals, policy U-turns, spin-doctoring, political backstabbing and wild media speculation. read article