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Amazon Goes Hollywood

Amazon's getting into the movie making business with the launch Amazon Studios -- a new website that lets users upload scripts and sample movies and then use tools to evaluate and even edit each others' work. As the Los Angels Times reports, "Work judged the best by a panel of experts and company executives will be brought to Warner Bros, where Amazon has signed a first-look deal, in hopes of ultimately producing feature films under the Amazon Studios production label." The goal is to apply digital technology to the still arcane process of submitting and developing movie projects for studios, according to Amazon Studios director -- and Amazon's director of digital product development -- Roy Price. "It's much easier now to make movies but it's still as hard as ever to break into Hollywood," Price tells The L.A. Times. "We think we can play an interesting role in changing that."
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