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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Amazon signs Top Gear's Clarkson, Hammond, and May for new show | The Verge

To think, I was contemplating canceling the Prime subscription. Nah! Actually, I am starting to use Prime for everything including groceries.

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have signed up for a new motoring show on Amazon Prime, set to air in 2016. The news ends months of speculation about the trio's future on TV after the BBC refused to renew Clarkson's contract following a "fracas" during filming earlier this year. The deal is a major coup for Amazon's streaming service, which lags behind rival Netflix. There are no details of how much the company paid to secure the deal, but a company insider told the London Evening Standard: "We have made a significant investment."
The contract reportedly commits Clarkson, Hammond, and May to three seasons, with work on the first scheduled to start in Autumn. "I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship," said Clarkson in a press release, with Hammond commenting: "Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant." May added: "We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?"

In addition to the three presenters, Amazon also attracted former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, an old school friend of Clarkson and the figure credited with the show's revival in the early 2000s. Wilman and Clarkson reportedly dreamt up the show's tone and style during a conversation in a pub 15 years ago, putting Top Gear on the long road to becoming the most watched factual program of all time, with an estimated worldwide audience of some 350 million.
Amazon has the global rights to the show, meaning it will appear on the $99-a-year Prime video in the US and UK. For Top Gear fans who don't have access to Prime though, theWall Street Journal reports that Amazon also has the power to license rights to the show to other broadcasters and streaming services.

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