Amazon switches on first original series

Editor | 16-11-2013

As original content seems set to be the new battleground for online video, Amazon has debuted the first three episodes of its offering Alpha House for all customers of its Prime Instant Video service.

Alpha House written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau and produced by Trudeau, Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter is a comedy about four senators who rent a house together in Washington DC. A new episode will become available each Friday, exclusively on Prime Instant Video, and will be subsequently made available to all Amazon customers for free via Amazon Instant Video using Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U and other connected devices.

Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series. Those who submit script will be notified within 45 days if it is optioned and Amazon Studios guarantees that it will read and review all submissions and those who choose to make their projects public may also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.

"We are incredibly excited to make our very first original series available to Amazon customers. Our goal has always been to create shows that customers will love and we can't wait to see Alpha House come to life," said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. "Creator Garry Trudeau and the amazing cast of Alpha House have delivered a humour-packed first season that doesn't skip a beat."