Amazon Prime Signs BBC America's 'Orphan Black'7 Mar, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Streaming service gets first season of drama, which bows season two April 19
Amazon March 7 announced it inked a content licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide North America making Prime Instant Video the exclusive SVOD service home for the first and future seasons of the drama series “Orphan Black.”
The Canadian sci-fi series, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical women, returns to BBC America for the second season April 19.
Maslany won 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 work in “Black.”
The series also stars Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, and Skyler Wexler.
“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 a statement. “It’s easy to see why Tatiana Maslany was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role.”
Matt Forde, EVP of sales and co-productions for BBC Worldwide North America, said Amazon Prime’s growing content portfolio and user base makes it perfect for current and future seasons of “Orphan Black.”