Amazon UK extends eOne deal to acquire Trumbo, Spotlight and more
James R | On 03, Nov 2015
Amazon has extended its deal with eOne to secure the exclusive rights to a range of new films for Prime Video in the UK.
Entertainment One has long had a good relationship with Amazon. The Homesman will be the latest of the distributor’s films to arrive on Amazon’s subscription streaming service this month, with previous additions including such high-profile titles as 12 Years a Slave and the Divergent franchise.
Separately, eOne also handles the international sales for AMC’s original scripted series, including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Turn: Washington’s Spies and Into the Badlands. All of them have been sold exclusively to Amazon, with the latter premiering on 17th November, shortly after its initial US broadcast.
Now, the pair have extended their multi-year content deal, which will give Amazon Prime subscribers early access to all of eOne’s new movies. eOne’s slate is an impressive one, including Seven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, the feature outing for Ricky Gervais’ David Brent, Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston (pictured above), and Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams and is already firmly surrounded by awards buzz.
“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Amazon,” Alex Hamilton, Managing Director of eOne Films UK, told Screen Daily. “We have some fantastic films coming over the next couple of years, and the fact that Prime Video will have them exclusively in the first pay window should only make that relationship stronger. It’s a great arrangement for both companies and customers.”
“We’re delighted to bring some of the most exciting new movie releases exclusively to Prime Video just months after their UK theatrical release,” added Chris Bird, Amazon’s Film & TV Strategy Director. “eOne has delivered a plethora of BAFTA and Academy Award winning pictures in recent years and we expect our customers to continue to be delighted by the range and quality of these new releases.”