Gibney’s “New Yorker” gets series order from Amazon

Amazon Studios, the production arm of the digital company, has given a series order to Alex Gibney's docuseries The New Yorker Presents. (Pictured: Gibney)
February 18, 2015

Amazon Studios, the production arm of the digital company, has given a series order to Alex Gibney’s (pictured) docuseries The New Yorker Presents.

As previously reported, Amazon signed on for a pilot of the half-hour program - which presents stories based on articles from the iconic magazine – in November.

The pilot – coproduced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions – featured actors Alan Cumming and Brett Gelman in a short film based on a story by Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich; a poem by Matthew Dickman; a documentary by Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme about biologist Tyrone Hayes, based on a Rachel Aviv article; and an interview with performance artist Marina Abramović.

Future episodes of the program will continue to feature filmmakers, actors and New Yorker writers.

The series – along with four scripted shows that have also received series orders – will debut exclusively on V0D service Amazon Prime in the U.S., UK and Germany later this year and into 2016. Gibney is to serve as executive producer on the show, alongside Dave Snyder and Dawn Ostroff.

Amazon allows customers the chance to provide feedback on which pilots they would like to see become series on Prime, and those in the U.S., UK, and Germany were able to watch, rate and comment on the pilots.

“During the latest pilot season, Amazon customers made The Man in the High Castle our most-watched pilot ever,” said Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “These new series, including our first docuseries, are some of our most ambitious to date and I’m looking forward to their premieres in the future.”

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