‘Top Gear’ Team to Produce Auto Show for Amazon

Amazon Signs Former 'Top Gear' Team
Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video

Jeremy Clarkson: 'I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship'

LONDON — The former presenters from hit BBC show “Top Gear” — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May — have signed a deal with Amazon to produce a new motoring show for its streaming service, Amazon Prime.

The new show will launch next year and will be produced by former “Top Gear” executive Andy Wilman. The global deal commits the team to three seasons of the show, which is as yet unnamed. Work on the first season is set to start in the autumn.

Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Prime Video EU, said: “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen.

“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.”

Clarkson’s team is believed to have been attracted to Amazon by the promise of creative freedom, which was underscored by Marine. “Our approach is to give program-makers creative freedom to be innovative and make the shows they want to make,” Marine said.

On working with Amazon, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.” May added: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?” Hammond joked: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.”

Clarkson left “Top Gear,” which has an audience estimated at more than 350 million in 214 territories worldwide, in March. The BBC decided not renew his contract after he punched the show’s producer, Oisin Tymon. Hammond, May and Wilman then decided not to continue with the show, which the BBC is in the process of revamping, with Chris Evans at the helm.

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  1. steve says:

    Its going to be called last gear lol

  2. mh2 says:

    Jedi77 – they will most likely license it to markets that don’t have access to Amazon Prime. Transparent, an Amazon show is shown here in Australia on a channel I don’t recall. Believe me, they’ll be racking in dough from these deals.

    • Jedi77 says:

      You’re probably right.
      Or, as “Al Swearengen” says, they might use it to break into those markets.
      But still. $250 million for 36 episodes (quoted in a Danish economic newspaper today)
      That’s a lot of licensing fees to recoup your investment.

  3. Jedi77 says:

    It will surely be interesting.
    But why, oh why, would Amazon produce a show thats, by far, the most popular in countries where they’re not available?
    I’m in Denmark, and it’s not available here. And Danes love Top Gear.
    Seems like a lot of money for a worldwide hit show, without the full benefit of the worldwide built in audience.

  4. Bill says:

    With all the pundits guessing ITV or Netflix, who would have thought they’d end up on Amazon Prime?

    I can’t wait to see what they do, the question is will automakers be as likely to offer their vehicles without the built-in audience of the BBC worldwide?

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