It looks like Amazon is on its way to producing some original video content, not unlike Netflix and Hulu.
Well, actually, it's a little unlike Netflix and Hulu. Rather than outsourcing production of original programming, Amazon is looking to create it in-house, as is indicated in Amazon's job listings (via Ryan Lawler at GigaOm).
Recent listings include: Creative Executive, Kids, Creative Executive, Comedy, and Production Assistant.
The Job Description/Responsibilities section for Creative Executive, Comedy, says:
People's Production Company is a movie and series production company. We are seeking a Creative Executive, Comedy to help develop half hour comedies for online and traditional distribution. Projects will primarily come from Amazon Studios. This position will report to the VP, Series Development.
The ideal candidate knows the comedy genre, has development and production experience and wants to work with writers and artists to develop original series for the web and for traditional distribution channels.
Assess pilot proposals
Work with writers and artists to develop series ideas
Staff, cast and produce pilots in a cost-efficient way
Supervise series production when series are greenlit
People's Production Company, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies, is an equal opportunity employer. This job will be located in Sherman Oaks, CA.
It looks like at the very least, Amazon is looking to offer comedies and children's programming. My guess is that it won't stop there. So far, Netflix is going the drama route. Hulu has gone with comedy and reality.
We may be poised to see some interesting new directions for Amazon between this and a rumored retail store.