Amazon Prime Video has acquired the exclusive first run UK rights to Cameron Crowe and JJ Abram’s Showtime comedy series Roadies after striking a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, TVWise has learned.
The first two episodes will be available to stream for Amazon Prime members from Monday July 4th. New episodes will then continue to be made available every Monday, less than 24 hours after they air on Showtime in the United States.
Penned and directed by Crowe, Roadies is described as an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of “roadies” who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band.
The half-hour comedy is set up at Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions and stars Luke Wilson (Enlightened), Carla Gugino (The Brink), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (Beyond the Lights) and Ron White (Blue Collar Comedy Tour). Bryan Burke, Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman And J.J. Abrams serve as the executive producers.
“Cameron Crowe and Winnie Holzman are both amazing story tellers and having both of their voices behind Roadies makes it one of the most anticipated series of the year.” stated Brad Beale, Vice President of Worldwide Television Acquisition for Amazon. “Joining shows like The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mr. Robot, Preacher and the upcoming Clarkson, Hammond and May show, The Grand Tour, Roadies is a great addition to our line-up and we’re sure that Prime customers are going to love it.”
TVWise understands that Roadies was not covered by the Sky/Showtime output deal owing to the fact that it is distributed by an outside studio (in this case Warner Bros), rather than CBS’ sales arm CBS Studios International. The same was true of Homeland, which is staying with Channel Four rather than moving to Sky Atlantic, as that show is distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. This is also the latest deal Amazon has inked for first window rights to a high-end US scripted series and comes mere days after they acquired The Girlfriend Experience in a deal with Starz Digital.