Have Amazon and Disney both found their Game of Thrones?
Amazon Studios announced Nov. 13 that it is teaming with the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, publisher HarperCollins and New Line Cinema to bring The Lord of the Rings to TV with a multiple-season commitment. That news followed Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Nov. 9 reveal that the company would create a live-action Star Wars series for its forthcoming subscription video service.
The big bets by streaming services new and established on well-known IP come after CBS All Access set new subscriber records for its SVOD service with the launch of Star Trek: Discovery, the first new live-action series in the franchise in decades (it already has been renewed for a second season).
“The shift is the speed of things,” ICM Partners managing director Chris Silbermann tells THR. “Now there is so much pressure to move the needle quickly, so this rush to big shows, big franchises, big budgets, big talent is all about…
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