Brookes alumni launch TV comedy through Amazon Video Direct

Friday, 17 November 2017


An Oxford Brookes University lecturer and alumnus reveal all about their new TV comedy launched through Amazon Video Direct earlier this year.

In a recent article for Amazon Stories, Govind Chandran, Lecturer in Film and Digital Media and Tom Walker, who graduated from the University in 2016, talk about how their comedy Superclaims came about.

Superclaims is a show about the new guy at an unusual firm, an insurance agency for superheroes. With elements reminiscent of The Office, Superclaims takes workplace documentary-style humour to another level.

They co-authored and co-directed the show working alongside other Oxford Brookes alumni, Xue Zhang (choreographer) and Patrick Watremez (production manager), with support from current students Jamie Laxton and Robert Fox.

Tom said: “We were interested in merging two genres that we love, superheroes and sitcom, and play with the interaction between them to create something unique and unseen before.

“The hardest part was turning all the great ideas and jokes we came up with into a streamlined narrative.”

We received a lot of positive early feedback from viewers. It was exciting to wake up every morning and see how people responded.

Govind Chandran, Lecturer in Film and Digital Media, Oxford Brookes University

When time for casting came, the crew were surprised by the response: more than 400 people auditioned for initially unpaid roles in the show.

“It was the first time we could see people inhabit these characters,” said Govind who is also an Oxford Brookes alumnus. “We realised there was something special about what we had created.”

“I think there was a lot of interest because we made it clear from the beginning that we were going to release on Prime Video through Amazon Video Direct,” he continues. “Everyone knew that we had a solid distribution plan and the show would be seen by a big audience.”

Through Amazon Video Direct, filmmakers can choose to earn either royalties based on hours streamed by Prime members, a revenue share for rentals, purchases, monthly subscriptions and ad impressions - or any combination of these options. They can also make titles available through Amazon Video in the UK and other locations—on all supported devices such as Fire TV, phones, tablets, game consoles and Smart TVs.

“We received a lot of positive early feedback from viewers. It was exciting to wake up every morning and see how people responded,” said Govind.

The duo have already begun starting to work on the next episodes of the show.

Read the full article on Amazon Stories. You can also watch a video interview below with Govind and Tom about making Superclaims.