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Peter Martin
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Posted: 06 March 2019 at 1:35pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I think Amazon's use of 'original' is in the same sense as a 'Netflix Original', which really amounts to 'we are the first distributor of this in your region'.

For example, in Canada, The Bodyguard (the Richard Madden/Keeley Hawes one, not the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston one) is billed as a Netflix Original, despite the BBC commissioning and first airing the show. It's not in any way original to Netflix. Little Drummer Girl got a similar treatment from AMC, despite first airing on the Beeb (though AMC did co-produce it).

At least Hana is original to Amazon in the sense that no-one has ever broadcast those episodes before. Though based on a pre-existing source, they are in fact originally-produced material.
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David Miller
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Posted: 06 March 2019 at 1:41pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Tangent, but vaguely related: Amazon has announced a new “original series,” HANNA, based on the movie of the same name. But that means it’s not “original” doesn’t it?

It means new content originating from Amazon Studios, as opposed to content from another company which Amazon merely distributes. 

It's standard promotional jargon; for example:
  • BETTER CALL SAUL is an AMC Original Series, even though it's based on characters who appeared in BREAKING BAD. 
  • LEGION is an FX Original Series, despite being  loosely adapted from a half dozen Chris Claremont comics (and one by John Byrne).  
  • THE PUNISHER is a Netflix original series, despite being based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
Edit: Peter posted while I was composing. I think labeling BBC productions as "Netflix Originals" is pushing it. 

Edited by David Miller on 06 March 2019 at 1:44pm
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