Amazon Commandeers Exclusive U.K. Rights to Starz’s ‘Black Sails’

Gritty pirate drama to be available to stream on Prime Instant Video from April 4

LONDON — Amazon has taken exclusive U.K. rights to Starz’s pirate drama series “Black Sails.”

The show, which is exec produced by Michael Bay, will feature on Amazon’s subscription streaming service Prime Instant Video from April 4.

The 18th century-set high-seas drama, which follows Captain Flint and his men as they fight for survival in a dog-eat-dog world, stars Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day,” “The Machine”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“90210”), Tom Hopper (“Merlin,” “Doctor Who”), Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), and Clara Paget (“One Day,” “Johnny English Reborn”).

All eight episodes of “Black Sails” will be available to stream on more than 400 devices at launch.

“We’ve seen the sanitized version of pirates in films and TV shows many times before, and this is a more realistic, dangerous and sexy take on the pirate life,” said Jason Ropell, head of Amazon Instant Video international content acquisition. “What makes the show so fascinating is that it’s actually based on real pirates, much like ‘Vikings’ is based on actual Norsemen. The epic drama allows viewers a snapshot of an infamous and traditionally feared culture.”

“‘Black Sails’ is the kind of show with enough twists and turns to make viewers want to consume the whole adventure in one go,” said Tim Leslie, VP of Amazon Instant Video for the U.K. “All eight episodes of the big-budget drama will be available from the 4th April, allowing those with an appetite for the pirate life to immerse themselves completely in the story of Captain Flint and his crew.”

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