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Amazon Studios’ James Farrell Looks to Build Lighter, Cost-Conscious Scripted International Originals

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Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Amazon Studios’ head of international originals, James Farrell, who started overseeing Europe six months ago, said at Series Mania Festival that the service isn’t pulling out of local content but is keeping an eye on costs.

Farrell, who previously worked at Amazon Studios in Japan where he backed the creation of the original format behind “LOL” in 2016, said Amazon “won’t cut down on the number of shows or films” they’re doing, but “want to continue to be really good corporate stewards.” “The world is having a tough time.

There’s wars, you know, political situations are tough. That means, you know, you got to be thoughtful about what you spend,” said Farrell. “If you can make this great movie with 20 locations instead of 30 to save a little bit of money, let’s do that.

If we can reduce the episodes on the scripted show from eight to six and tell the story we wanted to tell, save some money, let’s do that.

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