‘Orphan Black’ Comes to Amazon Prime via Exclusive Pact with BBC Worldwide North America

Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black" Golden Globes

Amazon.com is now streaming “Orphan Black” on Prime Instant Video, through a content-licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America that makes the supernatural thriller exclusive to the online-only subscription service for season 1 and future seasons.

Deal comes ahead of the April 19 premiere of the supernatural thriller’s soph season on BBC America. Amazon inked a similar “binge-worthy” deal with NBCUniversal for “Hannibal,” leading up to that primetime drama’s Feb. 28 return to the Peacock.

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“‘Orphan Black’ is exactly the type of smart, suspenseful TV show that our customers love to binge on,” Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in announcing the deal.

The series stars award-winning thesp Tatiana Maslany as an outsider who assumes the identity of a woman who is her doppelgänger — after witnessing her suicide — only to realize that she and the dead woman are clones. Maslany was awarded the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, and a Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance for her turn in the series.

Matt Forde, exec VP sales and co-productions for BBC Worldwide North America, tubthumped the show as “an addictive, edge-of-your-seat series.”

“Prime Instant Video continues to be a great platform for viewers to enjoy our content, and we’re very pleased to make it the exclusive online streaming provider for every season of ‘Orphan Black,’ starting with season 1,” Forde said.

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“Orphan Black” was created by director John Fawcett and writer Graeme Manson. Series also stars Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S.), Dylan Bruce (Paul Dierden), Jordan Gavaris (Felix Dawkins), Kevin Hanchard (Detective Art Bell) and Skyler Wexler (Kira). Show is produced by Temple Street Prods. in association with BBCA and Bell Media’s Space, distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide North America.

Amazon continues to bulk up Prime Instant Video with such exclusive pacts, as it tries to build a credible rival to subscription VOD leader Netflix. Amazon’s SVOD service is available through the Prime free-shipping program, priced at $79 per year. The company in January said it was considering raising the price of Prime by 25% to 50% but claimed video licensing costs were not factoring into that decision.

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  1. Real says:

    Really is Amazon or Bell Media paying the 5 million dollars minimum price tag that has not been paid to the person behind some of the storylines for this series. The BBC are aware of this situation already perhaps Amazon are not.

    • Real says:

      The BBC decided not to shield Bell Media this time as this is at least the second time they have done it this year. Once they realized they were quick to disown the production and reveal who was really behind it.

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