As Amazon continues to expand its business into new areas, the company reportedly plans to follow Netflix’s lead and introduce original TV content in the future.
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Rumors suggesting the Seattle-based retail giant was planning an entrance into the original programming game first surfaced last month, and now Forbes reports that a recent hire at Amazon reinforces earlier reports.
Joe Lewis, formerly with Comedy Central and 20th Century Fox, briefly listed his new job title as “Vice-President of Original TV at Amazon” until Forbes contacted him for comment on Tuesday. The executive then promptly changed his title to “Vice-President, Production at Amazon Studios.”
No other information about Lewis’s role at Amazon or Amazon’s possible original programming efforts were made available.
Streaming video rival Netflix released season 1 of its first original series “Lilyhammer” last month, and it has at least two other series — new original seasons of “Arrested Development” and ”House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey — in the works.