In what is the first deal to emerge from the recent LA Screenings, Amazon Prime Video UK has taken exclusive UK rights to CBS’ two new summer series BrainDead and American Gothic after striking a deal with CBS Studios International, TVWise has learned.
The first episode of BrainDead is now available to stream for Amazon Prime Members in the UK; with new episodes being added every Tuesday. Likewise American Gothic will be available to stream on June 23; with new episode being made available every Thursday, mere hours after the US broadcast on CBS.
“Four year ago CBS created a new genre of event summer programming with buzzy, serialized shows that have scored a lot attention in both the U.S. and around the world”, said Armando Nuñez, President & CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “American Gothic and BrainDead are the newest additions and will bring more uniquely entertaining, high-concept stories to Amazon Prime members in the UK.”
From The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, BrainDead follows Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, D.C. leads her to discover two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James, Johnny Ray Gill, Charlie Semine and Jan Maxwell.
American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart. The series is set up at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television & CBS Television Studios and stars Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Antony Starr, Juliet Rylance, Elliot Knight, Stephanie Leonidas and Gabriel Bateman
This is the third of CBS’ Summer series that Amazon Prime Video UK has acquired in the past couple of years, since the streaming service started to seriously compete for first window UK rights to high-end US scripted shows out of the LA Screenings. Previously, Amazon took the UK rights to the short-lived Halle Berry summer drama Extant, which was something of a ratings hit with UK viewers.
Notably, this agreement with CBSSI is also the third major deal that Amazon has closed with a U.S. studio in as many weeks and comes shortly after they acquired exclusive UK rights to AMC’s The Preacher, in a deal with Sony Pictures Television; and poached the first window rights to Lifetime’s drama series UnREAL after striking an agreement with international distributor A+E Studios International.