For ‘Star Trek’ fans outside of the US, Amazon has picked up the foreign distribution rights to the untitled Jean-Luc Picard series starring Patrick Stewart currently in development for CBS All Access. New episodes will be available in 200 territories within 24 hours after their initial offering on CBS All Access. This is a multi-year deal, so Amazon will be offering episodes of the Picard series for numerous seasons. The first season will consist of ten episodes. Fellow CBS All Access series, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is available on Netflix outside of the US.
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Brad Beale, VP of worldwide content licensing for Amazon Prime Video said:
“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. 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.”
Armando Nuñez, president-CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group added:
“For 50 years, the ‘Star Trek’ series have been a global sensation, spanning generations and audiences of all ages. 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.”
The new series was developed by Alex Kurtzman. Episodes will be directed by Hanelle Culpepper and Jonathan Frakes. The cast also includes Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones. The series is expected to premiere later this year.
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According to Kurtzman:
“There’s only one word that can begin to describe Sir Patrick Stewart as Starship Commander Jean-Luc Picard, and that’s ‘legendary. We are thrilled beyond measure to have him back in command, bringing the optimistic messages of ‘Star Trek’ to audiences around the world.”