Investigative Reporting Productions, Inc., a new nonprofit production company founded by University of California, Berkeley Professor Lowell Bergman, has signed an unprecedented commercial deal with Amazon Prime Video.
The “first look” agreement is the streaming video service’s first with a news organization and the first commercial contract for the new production company.
The Unscripted and Original Movies teams at Amazon Prime Video will have a first look at the stories Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) unearths as potential source material for Amazon Original docuseries and/or feature films.
“Amazon’s interest in original in-depth reporting produced at a major research University will expose a vast new audience to ground-breaking journalism,” said Professor Bergman, the director of the IRP. “This partnership between Amazon and a producer of public interest journalism demonstrates that there is a commercial market for reporting that serves the public good.”
Investigative Reporting Productions, Inc. has also reached an agreement with the university that allows it to license the work of the professional staff of the award-winning Investigative Reporting Program at Berkeley. Bergman founded the IRP in 2005, and since then its stories have won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the Peabody Award, the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many others.
To learn more:
Check out our announcement on the Investigative Reporting Program's website: http://investigativereportingprogram.com/announcement/irp-launches-production-company/
Contact: Bo Kovitz 909 709 5509