Allen inks deal to create TV show for Amazon
OSCAR-WINNING filmmaker Woody Allen is going back to his TV roots in a deal with online giant Amazon to write and direct his own series that will premiere next year.
The news comes as the world's biggest online retailer celebrates its first Golden Globes for its transgender-themed sitcom Transparent - a breakthrough in its efforts to catch up with streaming pioneer Netflix.
Amazon said that the "Untitled Woody Allen Project" will run some time next year on its growing Amazon Prime Instant Video service.
"I don't know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I'm not sure where to begin," the 79-year-old Allen said in a statement from Amazon Studios, the company's TV content arm.
"My guess is that (Amazon Studios chief) Roy Price will regret this," he added in his trademark wry humour.
The project is a coup for Amazon's on-demand Internet video streaming service, which alongside Netflix is upending the traditional broadcast television business model.
Amazon said Allen would deliver "a full season" of half-hour episodes that subscribers to its Prime Instant Video service will be able to see in the United States, Britain and Germany.
Price said that it was an "honour" to be working with Allen.
"Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all time," he said.
"From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Allen has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn't be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year."
News of his Amazon deal comes nearly a year after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleged he molested her when she was seven years old in the early 1990s - a claim that he strongly denied.
Irish technology and pop culture writer Mic Wright, on the TNW.com tech news website, said that by signing up Allen, Amazon was delivering "a smack in the face" to child abuse survivors. AFP