Ex-Top Gear trio “very, very, very expensive”
“They’re worth a lot and they know it," Amazon boss says of Clarkson, Hammond & May.
No surprises in learning that the deal to secure Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May did not come cheap to Amazon streaming service.
Just how expensive founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos isn’t saying.
But he did tell The Telegraph, the show will be “very, very, very expensive.”
“They’re worth a lot and they know it,” he said.
Amazon, also has original shows such as Transparent and Ripper Street (following its BBC axing).
Asked if Clarkson’s new show would come to define Amazon Prime, Bezos says: “It can’t just be one show, it has to be a number of things. We have a lot of things in the pipeline, which I think viewers in the UK and around the world are going to love. And I think Clarkson’s new show is going to be one of those.
“I think we’re in a golden age of television, so if you go back in time even just five years, you couldn’t get A-list talent to do TV serials, or, if you could, it was a rare thing. But that’s flipped completely.”
As yet there is no confirmed title for the Clarkson / Hammond / May vehicle nor who will pick up the Australian rights (clearly they will not come cheap).
Amazon Studio titles Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle have premiered in Australia on Stan.