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Amazon Prime Instant Adds 'Fringe' & 'West Wing' to Library for a Supernatural-FBI-Clinton-Administration Summer

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 20, 2012 at 2:01PM

Fans of showrunner-creators Aaron Sorkin and J.J. Abrams will find this exciting: Amazon announces today a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. to add both "Fringe" and "The West Wing" to its Prime Instant Video library this summer. Both titles were previously unavailable.
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Fans of showrunner-creators Aaron Sorkin and J.J. Abrams will find this exciting: Amazon announces today a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. to add both "Fringe" and "The West Wing" to its Prime Instant Video library this summer. Both titles were previously unavailable.

The Prime Instant library already holds 18,000 titles, and continues to grow as it tries to compete with rival Netflix. Kindle Fire owners can stream the Prime titles on their tablets for no additional cost.

Online television distribution and original programming production has been growing lately at what seems to be exponential rates. WB domestic television distribution president Ken Werner states that the studio is "thrilled to count Amazon as a digital distribution outlet for our television group," as "more and more television content is enjoyed by fans across a myriad of subscription channels and platforms and on numerous devices."

Making easily available no-longer-prime-time content is a no-brainer. The real issue is how quickly fresh movie and video content can be made streamable for hungry consumers.

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Aaron Sorkin, J.J. Abrams, Amazon


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.