Amazon has no problem tossing around a lot of money to fuel its original content catalog, which is why the company reportedly spent $80 million to get filmmaker Woody Allen to make a show for the platform. Allen's series, "Crisis in Six Scenes," came out last year.
The 6-episode series received terrible reviews, earning it an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. This was to be expected considering Allen called the project a "catastrophic mistake" in 2015 when he was still producing it.
Sources speaking with The Hollywood Reporter claim Amazon Studios lead Roy Rice and Joe Lewis decided to "dole out" that money.
Amazon also spent another $20 million to cover the rights and production costs associated with Allen's Cafe Society (2016) film.