Amazon has signed a huge deal with Westworld’s showrunners to create original shows for Prime Video. Amazon has reportedly signed a low-to-mid nine-figure deal with Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy and their company Kilter films. They will work with Amazon Studios over a four-to-five year period, and the deal is believed to be worth over $30 million a year. They will develop original shows that will be exclusively available on Amazon’s video platform.
These days many showrunners are getting rich from partnerships with streaming services. Glee producer Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes signed up with Netflix for between $150 and $300 million each. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said last year “Absolutely… you’ll see that anyone that I make a deal with, for the most part, has one thing in common. They all want to break out and be original. They want a cultural impact, and they want to be entertaining. They’re not looking to do something small.”
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will still continue heading up the HBO series Westworld. They have already signed up to write and executive produce several more seasons of the show. The first show on Prime Video will likely be sci-fi drama series The Peripheral, which Amazon took on in 2018. So look for great things from them.