Amazon Prime Instant Video Takes Exclusive UK Rights To Starz’s ‘Black Sails’

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Starz’s newest drama series Black Sails, which has already been renewed for a second season, has found a UK home.

Amazon Prime Instant Video has reached a deal with Starz Worldwide Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run rights to the series in the UK. The deal is the latest in a long line of moves on the part of Amazon to secure exclusive content for their UK streaming service and follows on from the launches of Vikings, Crossing Lines and the Amazon original series Alpha House and Betas. Amazon UK will release the complete 8 episode first season of Black Sails to Prime customers on Friday April 4th.

Created by Jonathan Steinberg, Black Sails is set 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and tells the story of Captain Flint and his men. Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality. The drama series is being produced by Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes and stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Clara Paget and Tom Hopper.

“‘Black Sails’ is the kind of show with enough twists and turns to make viewers want to consume the whole adventure in one go,” said Tim Leslie, Vice President of Amazon Instant Video for the UK. “All eight episodes of the big-budget drama will be available from the 4th April, allowing those with an appetite for the pirate life to immerse themselves completely in the story of Captain Flint and his crew.”

While Jason Ropell, Head of Amazon Instant Video International Content Acquisition, added: “We’ve seen the sanitised version of pirates in films and TV shows many times before, and this is a more realistic, dangerous and sexy take on the pirate life. What makes the show so fascinating is that it’s actually based on real pirates, much like ‘Vikings’ is based on actual Norsemen. The epic drama allows viewers a snapshot of an infamous and traditionally feared culture. It’s already an incredibly popular show in the US, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer our UK members such an exciting viewing experience. “