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Publish an episodic title

A episodic title (series) consists of multiple episodes that comprise a season—for example, a TV show (“Transparent”) or multi-part documentary.

A title can have multiple seasons. For episodic titles available for purchase, you choose if an entire collection (season) or individual videos (episodes) is available for purchase.

Important: When you publish a season and select an availability that allows customers to buy an entire season as a single purchase, you can't add additional episodes later; a new season must be created.

Create an episodic series

Add a season to an existing series

Add episodes to an existing season

Enter catalog information

  1. On the Catalog Listing tab, in the Season number box, enter a number.
  2. In the Season synopsis box, enter up to a 400-character description of the season.
  3. In the Genre box, enter at least one and up to three genres.

    What are genres?

  4. Each title can have multiple official ratings. If your title doesn't have an official rating, you may suggest a rating based on the video content.
    1. In the Rating system list, select a rating system.

      What is Rating system?

    2. In the Rating list, select the assigned rating. If you selected Suggested Rating – Title not official rated in the previous step, in the Rating: Please select list, select a suggested audience based on the video content.
  5. Optionally, in the Original language list, select the release language.
  6. Optionally, in the Original release year, enter the release year.
  7. Under Graphic Assets, click Browse to add key art (16:9 and 4:3) and (optionally) a background image. Please provide all graphic assets in the .jpg or .png file formats. You can add files from your computer or a linked Amazon S3 account

    What are the requirements for key and background art?

  8. Click Save.

Enter cast & crew information

For improved search discoverability on Amazon Video, enter actors and crew members. A minimum of one crew member must be added.

  1. On the Cast & Crew tab, under Studio/Creator, enter the name as it will appear on Amazon Video.
  2. Enter at least one crew member.
    1. Under Crew, in the Name box, type the crew member’s name.
    2. In the Role list, select the crew member’s role in the production.
    3. Click Add crew member.
    4. Repeat these steps for each crew member you want to add.
  3. Cast members are optional, but for videos with characters or voices, we highly recommend entering at least the main characters. The top four entries will appear as "Starring" actors on Amazon Video.
    1. Under Cast, in the Actor box, type the actor’s stage name.
    2. In the Character box, enter the character portrayed in the video.
    3. Click Add cast member.
    4. Repeat these steps for each crew member you want to add.
  4. Click Save.

Re-order or delete cast and crew entries

After you've entered a cast or crew member, reorder the list by using the up and down arrow buttons, or delete an entry by click the X button. For cast members, the top four entries will appear as "Starring" actors on Amazon Video.

Add episodes

  1. On the Episodes tab, under Title, enter a name.
  2. Optionally, under Original air date, enter the date the content was first released.
  3. In the Synopsis box, enter up to 400 characters to provide an overview of the episode.
  4. Under Mezzanine file, click Browse to select a file to add. This is your main video file. You can add files from your computer or a linked Amazon S3 account.

    For more information, see Mezzanine Requirements.

    What is a mezzanine file?

  5. Select the language of the audio in the video.
  6. Under Captions, click Browse to select your captions data file. You can add files from your computer or a linked Amazon S3 account. Captions are required for all titles published in the U.S. and Amazon Prime titles worldwide, except Japan. For titles with no dialogue or extended scenes with no spoken content, add descriptive captions that describe the background or foreground audio elements or use [no audio] before silent scenes.
  7. To synchronize the captions file with the video timecode, select the Frame rate and time code method in the lists. For more information about captions, see Caption (timed text) Information.
  8. Select the language of the captions file.
  9. Click Add episode.
  10. Repeat these steps for each episode you want to add.

When adding files from your computer, don’t close your web browser window until the file transfer is complete.

Note: If your upload is interrupted (including browser crashes, exiting a tab, or loss of Internet connectivity), select the same file, click Add episode, and the upload will resume where it left off.

Specify season availability

  1. In Your Videos, on the Episodic tab, click the title.
  2. Click the arrow button to the left of the season.
  3. Click the season.
  4. On the Availability tab, under Where should this title be available? select where you have rights and want to offer this title.
  5. Check the box for How can Amazon customers can watch title? This is where you set the monetization of your title.

    Included with Prime

    Free with Pre-Roll Ad

    Buy Episodes

    Buy Season

    Subscription

    If you select Buy Episodes or Buy Season, you're asked to choose between Preset pricing and Custom pricing (advanced). Preset pricing includes Value, best for older and back catalog videos, and Base, best for balancing cost with wide audience appeal. Amazon reserves the right to change prices.

    For episodic titles, the season price is calculated on the number of episodes when a season is published.

    Note: For information about royalties, see Royalty Information.

  6. Under When should this title be available, select the date of availability.

    As soon as possible

    On a specific date

    Advanced options

  7. Click Save.
  8. Click Publish.

Publish your title

When you are ready to submit your title for publishing, click Publish.

Note: The Publish button isn’t available until all required files and options are selected. In addition, you must have Payments and Banking information on-file, including approved Tax Information.


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