In what is surely a blow to their rival Netflix, Amazon Prime Video UK has secured exclusive rights to the as-yet untitled Star Trek series starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard. The acquisition is part of a multi-year deal between Amazon and CBS Studios International that will see the streaming service serve as the series’ broadcaster in more than 200 territories. Episodes will be available to stream within 24 hours of their U.S. broadcast.
The untitled series follows Jean-Luc Picard in the next chapter of his life. The drama series is being produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment and stars Sir Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace), Santiago Cabrera (Salvation), Evan Evagora, and Michelle Hurd (Blindspot).
Alex Kurtzman (Sleepy Hollow), Michael Chabon (John Carter), Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), James Duff (The Closer), Sir Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin (Salvation), Rod Roddenberry (Earth: Final Conflict) and Trevor Roth (Star Trek: Discover) serve as executive producers. Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) will serve as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer (Star Trek: Discovery) will serve as supervising producer.
“We’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the newest edition of the storied ‘Star Trek’ franchise to our international Amazon Prime Video customers,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide Content Licensing for Amazon Prime Video. “With the incredible Sir Patrick Stewart returning as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard, we’re excited we can give ‘Trek’ fans both old and new the opportunity to see him back in action. It’s a terrific addition to our already robust catalogue of exclusive Amazon Prime Video content.”
“For 50 years, the Star Trek series have been a global sensation, spanning generations and audiences of all ages. It’s an honour to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back for what is sure to be another world-class extension of the historic franchise,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We look forward to working with the team at Amazon Prime Video to bring this next chapter of the incredible Star Trek franchise to its passionate international fan base.”
With this deal, three of the five new Star Trek series with formal series orders now have UK homes. Netflix UK, under an existing life-of-series deal, holds UK rights to both Star Trek: Discovery and short-form spin-off Star Trek: Short Treks. CBS Studios International has yet to license UK rights to either Star Trek: Lower Decks or the Star Trek animated series that is being produced for the US Nickelodeon network.