Amazon Inks Deal with eOne for Fear the Walking Dead
By Kristin Brzoznowski for World Screen
Amazon has inked a deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for Fear the Walking Dead, the highly anticipated companion series to The Walking Dead, to be available to Prime members in select territories.
The show will be available exclusively for Amazon Prime members in Germany and Austria on August 24, the day after its debut broadcast on AMC in the U.S., making Amazon the only place to see the series in those countries. The show will also become available to Prime members in the U.K. next year after premiering on AMC’s U.K. network in the fall. Prime members in the U.K., Germany and Austria can already watch the first four seasons of The Walking Dead as part of their membership.
“Fear the Walking Dead takes us back to the earlier, more dangerous, more terrifying days of The Walking Dead,” said Robert Kirkman, creator of Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead. “A time when danger was lurking around every corner and the thing most likely to get you killed was your own ignorance of the rapidly changing world around you.”
“Fear The Walking Dead is one of the most anticipated shows in the world and companion to one of the most successful scripted dramas in the history of television,” said Jason Ropell, the head of international content for Amazon Video. “We recently announced that we’re bringing Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May back together to create a hugely anticipated new motoring show exclusively for Prime members, and now we’re excited to addFear the Walking Dead. Our goal is to add shows that Prime members love—we can’t think of two sets of shows with bigger or more passionate fan bases.”
“The Walking Dead is a groundbreaking series that has had a significant impact on audiences worldwide,” commented Stuart Baxter, the president of eOne Television International. “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with AMC on this immensely popular franchise to bring this highly anticipated, original series to Amazon and deliver it to audiences around the world.”