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Amazon Puts Pilot Episodes of Original Series on YouTube

16 Aug, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Seeking to expand the audience of its original programming, Amazon for the first time has quietly put pilot episodes of “The Man in the High Castle,” “Transparent,” “Bosch,” “Red Oaks,” and others for free on YouTube — the world’s largest social video platform.

Long a platform for trailers, clips and user-generated content, YouTube last year launched its own subscription streaming service — YouTube Red.  Meanwhile, Google Play remains a significant platform for electronic sellthrough.

Amazon Aug. 16 announced its has greenlit “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” from Paramount and Skydance Television, to debut on Amazon Prime Video.

The one-hour, 10-episode dramatic series is slated to star John Krasinski (13 Hours, “The Office”) as Jack Ryan and is projected to shoot in the US, Europe and Africa. “Jack Ryan” is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero, a character with a star-filled Hollywood history, having been previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.

“We’re excited to add the “Jack Ryan” global franchise to our originals pipeline,” Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Our customers will enjoy a compelling adaptation of the action-packed spy thriller book series, further raising the bar for the quality level of storytelling that has made Prime Video a leading destination for content.”

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