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Amazon signs on Woody Allen to write, direct new TV series

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director Woody Allen will write and direct a half-hour television series for Amazon.com Inc, the U.S. online retailer and video streaming service said on Tuesday.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director Woody Allen will write and direct a half-hour television series for Amazon.com Inc, the U.S. online retailer and video streaming service said on Tuesday.

The company, which won its first Golden Globe award on Sunday, said Allen's first TV series will be shown exclusively on its Instant Prime Video service next year. It will announce information about casting and further details about the series at a later date.

"Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all time," Amazon Studio Vice President Roy Price said in a statement.

Allen, 79, joked that he was not sure how he got involved in the project.

"I have no ideas and I'm not sure where to begin," the director of "Annie Hall" and "Blue Jasmine" said in Amazon's statement. "My guess is that Roy Price will regret this."

Signing Allen is a big win for Amazon, which is trying to lure more viewers to its TV business with original programming and by hiring established and well-known writers and directors.

It also cements the company's credibility following Sunday's Golden Globe win for "Transparent," which is about a transgender man. The show's lead, Jeffrey Tambor, also won a Globe for best actor in a TV comedy series.

Like "Transparent," Allen's upcoming series and 13 new pilots for programs that Amazon will unveil on Thursday will only be available on Prime, its $99-a-year club known for two-day shipping.

The Amazon Studios division began in 2010.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Additional reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Lisa Von Ahn)