Amazon Prime Instant Video Acquires UK Rights To Fox’s ‘Lucifer’

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Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the exclusive UK streaming rights to Fox ‘s upcoming DC series Lucifer after striking a deal with international distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, TVWise has learned. The series will be made available on Amazon Prime Instant Video UK in 2016, shortly after episodes air on Fox in the United States.

Lucifer follows the eponymous character who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. The hour-long drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Tom Ellis, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris and Nicholas Gonzalez.

This agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution represents the latest deal that Amazon has inked with one of the Hollywood Studios for first window rights to a U.S. scripted drama over the past couple of years after previously snapping up such shows as CBS’ Halle Berry fronted Extant and NBC’s DC drama Constantine, both of which have now wrapped their respective runs.

“We’re very excited to bring another high-profile, highly-anticipated show exclusively to Amazon Prime customers in the UK”, said Chris Bird, Amazon UK’s Film & TV Strategy Director. “Tom Ellis’ legion of UK fans will be thrilled to see him in this dynamic lead role, and Lucifer will introduce UK audiences to their next favourite show available alongside Prime Video’s extensive raft of original and exclusive TV shows”.

Notably, this is also the second major licensing agreement that Amazon Prime Instant Video UK has unveiled in the past few days, after confirming on Friday that they had secured the UK rights to AMC’s martial arts series Into The Badlands. Lucifer will be a key part of Amazon’s 2016 line-up alongside the new seasons of USA Network drama Mr Robot, Tandem’s Crossing Lines, AMC’s Turn and Halt & Catch Fire, DirecTV’s Rogue and History’s Vikings.