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Clarkson, Hammond & May sign Amazon deal

Former Top Gear stars sign a three season deal with Amazon Prime Video.

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Former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have confirmed a deal with Amazon.

They have signed a three-season deal for its streaming service Prime Video, ending speculation on whether they would join ITV, Netflix or another player.

The new show, which is as yet unnamed, will be produced by Andy Wilman, Top Gear’s long time executive producer, and is due to go into production shortly.

James May said of the new deal: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”

“Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen,” said Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Prime Video EU. “We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”

Quite where this will land in Australia is unclear, although other original Amazon titles such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle have premiered on Stan while Bosch started this week on SBS.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

17 Responses

    1. The Stig is probably the property on the BBC, he’s been locked up in the studio since Clarkson was fired. I’m betting they will have someone to test drive cars to their limit but will need to be very careful not to break any copyrights that the BBC holds.

    2. I recently attended the Clarkson, Hammond and May live event and they had a video presentation during the show which included Ben Collins testing cars as a sort of ‘ex Stig’, which may be a hint that Ben is set to rejoin the 3 hosts.

  1. Reading the news on another site (BBC ironically) It does appear Amazon is planing a world wide release in 2016. So we may indeed get legal access to Amazon Prime or a similar service next year in time for the new show.

  2. Prime Gear with Captain Slew, The Gerbil, Clarksonian and guest gits in the most litigious country on this planet. Pity that SBS is so strapped for cash or the world could’ve turned full circle.

  3. As long as whichever Aus network gets it, they show the eps in their correct order without random specials inserted to extend the season run; ie hopefully not Nine or Ten.

  4. ITV was ruled out because the BBC made it clear they would enforce a noncompete clause. There were rumours about Sky but probably the same problem. That is why they negotiating with Netflix and Amazon.

    1. Amazon Prime is a subscription loyalty programme, (membership offers priority delivery, unlimited postage, streaming TV and 1 book a month), that operates in the US, Canada, Japan and the wealthy parts of Europe. It doesn’t exist in Australia.

      Amazon doesn’t let Australian access it. Instead they sell the video rights for

      Amazon has been selling its TV shows individually in Australia’s copyright region. But who knows what the situation will be next year when the show airs.

      1. It’s possible to use Amazon Prime in Australia using a Vpn as long as you only use if for streaming in which case it works out the same as Netflix although when I used it you hade to pay for a year up front.

  5. Hope we get this fast tracked, we can’t access the Amazon online stuff here right?

    They’ll need to do something to allow world wide access as they know the pirate will be out to post this as soon as it airs.

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