Amazon signs ex-Top Gear presenters

Clarkson, Hammond and May re-unite for new car programme on Amazon
Hammond, Clarkson and May have signed a deal with Amazon.
Hammond, Clarkson and May have signed a deal with Amazon.

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Amazon has signed former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to make a new car show for its Amazon Prime streaming platform.

The show will be produced by the trio’s long time executive producer Andy Wilman.

The team have committed to three seasons as part of the global TV deal. The first season will go into production soon and is scheduled to premiere for Prime members in 2016.

On working with Amazon, Jeremy Clarkson said: “I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”

Richard Hammond added: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.”

James May said: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn't it?”

“Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen,” said Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Prime Video EU. “Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”

The move serves as an indication of the growing prominence of digital streaming platforms and their desire and ability to produce premium content.

Clarkson, Hammond and May will join Amazon Original Series and the yet-to-be-named show will premiere on Prime Video in 2015 and early 2016.
 

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