Amazon Prime Picks Up UK Premiere Rights To The ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Series

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13 May 19
Amazon Prime Video Picks Up UK Premiere Rights To The 'Star Trek: Picard' Series

Amazon Prime Video Picks Up UK Premiere Rights To The ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Series

Amazon Prime has pulled off a bit of a coup, snatching the UK premiere rights to the upcoming CBS All Access Untitled Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard series, and will broadcast within 24hrs of the USA.

Amazon Prime Video will be the exclusive streaming home of the new untitled ‘Star Trek: Jean-Luc Picard’ series in more than 200 countries and territories, including the UK and Ireland. Under the multi-year agreement with CBS, each episode will be available on Prime Video within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.

The new Star Trek series features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as the venerable Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on ‘Star Trek: Next Generation’. The series will follow this iconic character in the next chapter of his life.

“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,” commented 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.”

This move is a bit of a stab in the eye for Netflix who are the UK home for all the previous iterations of Trek, and home to new series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. Thankfully, there is unlikely to be any real crossover between ‘Discovery’ and the ‘Picard’ series, so that shouldn’t cause issues, but it does mean Trek-fans will need subscriptions to both services.

“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,” adds 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.”

Alongside Stewart, the series will also star Alison Pill (‘The Newsroom’), Harry Treadaway (‘Penny Dreadful’), Isa Briones (‘American Crime Story: Versace’), Santiago Cabrera (‘Salvation’), Evan Evagora, and Michelle Hurd (‘Blindspot’). The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Kurtzman, Michael Chabon (‘John Carter’), Akiva Goldsman (‘A Beautiful Mind’), James Duff (‘The Closer’), Stewart, Heather Kadin (‘Salvation’), Rod Roddenberry (‘Earth: Final Conflict’) and Trevor Roth (‘Star Trek: Discovery’) will serve as executive producers and Aaron Baiers (‘Secret Hideout’) will serve as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer (‘Star Trek: Discovery’) will serve as supervising producer.

The ‘Star Trek: Picard‘ series is currently in production, with a view to launching on CBS All Access later in 2019. It will then premiere in more than 200 countries and territories, including the UK and Ireland within 24hrs of the USA.