Entertainment One (eOne) and Amazon Prime Instant Video are pleased to announce that they have signed a multi-year television content deal for the UK and Germany. This deal will see Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK and Germany get first run access to the portfolio of original scripted series from U.S. based AMC Networks’ AMC and SundanceTV, for which eOne manages international distribution on an exclusive basis.
Members of Amazon Prime Instant Video will be able to watch AMC and SundanceTV’s established original series in October, and new and future scripted series made available the day after broadcast in the US.
In September 2013, eOne scored AMC and SundanceTV’s first exclusive international output partnership for scripted content and the first series under that deal included the critically-acclaimed trifecta of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Turn” along with SundanceTV’s “The Red Road”, all of which saw strong appointment-to-view results and were all recently renewed for second seasons. The agreement also includes a number of shows that will premiere in the coming years including the highly-anticipated “Badlands”, one of AMCs most ambitious projects to date.
“We’re absolutely delighted to extend our relationship with Amazon Prime Instant Video in such a meaningful way, and bring the very best television content to audiences in the UK and Germany. This is a landmark deal for us all,” Stuart Baxter, President, eOne Television International.
“We are delighted that Amazon is the home for TV’s best dramas from around the world,” said Chris Bird, Film & TV Strategy Director, Amazon Prime Instant Video “It’s incredibly exciting to offer Amazon Prime Instant Video customers in the UK and Germany such highly sought-after series just one day after airing in the US.”
Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne’s original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key US networks and international pay TV channels.
The first projects headed to Amazon Prime Instant Video are AMC’s “Halt & Catch Fire” and “Turn,” and SundanceTV’s “The Red Road”, all featuring strong performances from great casts:
HALT & CATCH FIRE (20 x 1 hour): Set in the early 1980s, “Halt & Catch Fire” dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnerships are challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. From AMC Studios, “Halt & Catch Fire” is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers from a pilot directed by Juan Campanella (The Secret In Their Eyes). Jonathan Lisco has joined the series as showrunner and Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” “Rectify,” Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (“Breaking Bad” and “Rectify”) from Gran Via Productions also serve as executive producers. The series stars Lee Pace (Lincoln, “Pushing Daisies”) as Joe McMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordan Clark, Mackenzie Rio Davis (Smashed) as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishe (Argo, Red State) as Donna Clark, Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) as John Bosworth and David Wilson Barnes (The Bourne Legacy, “You Don’t Know Jack”) as Dave Butler.
TURN (20 x 1 hour): Based on the book “Washington’s Spies,” written by Alexander Rose, “Turn” is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. “Turn,” also from AMC Studios, was developed and written by Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”) who also serves as series showrunner. The pilot was directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). Barry Josephson (“Bones,” Enchanted) from Josephson Entertainment is executive producer. The series stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin) as Abraham Woodhull, Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Judge Richard Woodhull, Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) as Major Hewlett, Daniel Henshall (The Snowtown Murders) as Caleb, Seth Numrich (“The Good Wife”) as Ben Talmadge, Angus MacFadyen (Braveheart) as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Major John Andre, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull and Heather Lind (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Anna Strong.
THE RED ROAD (12 x 1 hour): A hard-hitting drama that revolves around a local cop (Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring mountains, home of a Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop’s wife (Julianne Nicholson), an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved. “The Red Road” has been picked up for six one-hour episodes and hails from acclaimed writer Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners) and veteran producer Sarah Condon (“Bored to Death”). The series will be executive produced by Guzikowski and Condon, and Bridget Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Award winning director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers, We Own the Night) will direct the first episode.