Amazon UK Acquires Steven Soderbergh’s Starz Series ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

Amazon Prime Video has acquired the exclusive first-run rights to Starz’s limited series The Girlfriend Experience after striking a deal with Starz Distribution’s on-demand division Starz Digital, TVWise has learned. The series, from Steven Soderbergh, is now available to stream for UK Prime members.

The Girlfriend Experience explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors – or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) – share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time. The cast includes Riley Keough, Paul Sparks, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Kate Lyn Sheil.

Originally picked up at Starz in June 2014, the 13 episode limited series hails from noted director Steven Soderbergh and is based on the 2009 feature film of the same name. The Girlfriend Experience is produced by Transactional Pictures with Soderbergh, Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz serving as executive producers. Kerrigan and Seimetz also write and direct.

Amazon UK’s acquisition of The Girlfriend Experience is part of a wider deal between Amazon and Starz Digital, which also gives the streaming service rights to the series in Germany, Austria and Japan. It is the latest such pick up for the UK arm of the streaming service and joins a line up of first run scripted series that includes LuciferPreacherOutlanderMr. RobotBrainDead and American Gothic.

“With a captivating story, combined with an mesmerizing performance by Riley Keough and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, The Girlfriend Experience provides a dramatic and emotional look into this provocative world”, said Brad Beale, Vice President of Worldwide Television Acquisition for Amazon. “We are excited to bring this extraordinary series exclusively to Prime members in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan.”

“Starz is very pleased to license ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ to Amazon for these markets”, added Jeffrey Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer at Starz. “Starz is making breakthrough original programming that engages and delights its fans. ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ is a stunning limited series with an incredible performance by star Riley Keough.”