Amazon orders four seasons of the new series, which is a reinvention
of the 50-year-old classic Thunderbirds series; Rosamund Pike to
star as Lady Penelope
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2016--
(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has ordered four 13-episode
seasons of new Amazon Original Kids Series Thunderbirds Are Go to
debut on Prime Video in the US. Thunderbirds Are Go is a
reinvention of the 50-year-old classic Thunderbirds, and features
the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue, and Rosamund
Pike (The World’s End, Gone Girl) as Lady Penelope.
The first season is scheduled to debut on Prime Video in the US later
this year and will subsequently air on Prime Video in the UK, Germany
and Austria, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Thunderbirds Are Go catapults the five brave Tracy brothers back
onto television screens, where they’ll pilot their vehicles from the
depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space, performing
impossible rescues across the globe. Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko
Pictures in collaboration with world-famous Weta Workshop, the series is
made using a unique mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets. Thunderbirds
Are Go will deliver a new level of action-adventure animation for
today’s audience while paying tribute to the legacy of model locations
from the original series.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with ITV Studios Global
Entertainment on a world-renowned property that kids and families today
will embrace,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon
Studios. “Our customers will enjoy the same action and adventure found
on the classic series infused with a contemporary aesthetic and visually
“We are delighted to be working with Amazon to launch Thunderbirds
Are Go in the US; their position as an innovative content provider
and their passion for the show makes them the perfect partner,” added
Dan Gopal, EVP EMEA Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV
Studios Global Entertainment. “Our strategy is to give audiences the
flexibility to watch our content any time, any place, and the launch of Thunderbirds
Are Go on Amazon Prime Video means children and families across the
US, as well as in the UK, Germany and Austria, will be able to watch the
entire series whenever and wherever they want.”
Thunderbirds Are Go is executive produced by Estelle
Hughes (Driver Dan’s Story Train), Giles
Ridge (Pocoyo), Richard
Taylor (The Lord of the Rings), and Andrew
Smith (District 9), written by Rob
Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans), and directed by David
Scott (LEGO Star Wars) and Theo
Baynton (The Wotwots). It is distributed internationally by
ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The four-season order follows Amazon
Original Kids Series Just Add Magic’s record-breaking premiere
weekend as the most successful kids premiere weekend in terms of share
of US Prime Video streams and hours.
Thunderbirds Are Go will be available for Prime members to stream
and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices
including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals,
at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already
a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
Thunderbirds Are Go will also be available as part of Amazon
FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed
from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively
on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a
year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.
About Amazon Video
Amazon Video offers customers unlimited access to tens of thousands of
movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series,
through Amazon Prime; monthly subscriptions to SHOWTIME, STARZ, and
more; and hundreds of thousands of titles including new-release movies
and current TV shows for rent or purchase.
The entire range of selection can be instantly accessed through the
Amazon Video app on TVs, streaming media players, mobile
devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo.
For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
Prime Video, included in Amazon Prime, enables Prime members to enjoy
binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such
as the multi-Golden Globe award-winning series from Roman
Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, Mozart in the Jungle,
the multi-Golden Globe award-winning and Emmy award-winning series Transparent,
the breakout hit The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip
K. Dick’s novel, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael
Connelly’s best-selling books, and the comedy created by and
starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe,
in addition to favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Girls,
and popular primetime series including 24, Downton Abbey,
Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen
Wolf, The Americans, and Under the Dome. Prime
members also have access to a collection of kids shows now airing
including Amazon Original Series Just Add Magic, Gortimer
Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and
multi-Emmy award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as
popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob
SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s
Clues. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a
free trial at www.amazon.com/primevideo.
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About ITV Studios Global Entertainment
ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading
international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing,
merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE distributes celebrated
content across all genres from both its in-house production business,
ITV Studios, and in collaboration with leading producers from around the
Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster,
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has offices in London, Hong Kong, Los
Angeles and Sydney.
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