Television

Amazon Prime Video grabs TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ drama

Head to Amazon for season 1

Amazon picked-up another exclusive this week, adding “Animal Kingdom” to the company’s expanding subscription streaming options. The series will be available starting on April 30th, the new deal will make Prime Video the exclusive subscription streaming home to the first season of Animal Kingdom.

“Animal Kingdom” is TNT’s new hit crime series, Prime Members in the U.S. will be able to stream the full first season at no additional cost to their membership, via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices or mobile devices, or online at amazon.com/amazonvideo.

Fans will be able to catch up on season 1 of the new series just as season 2 of “Animal Kingdom” is set to premiere on TNT. The second season of the show will premiere on May 30, 2017.

From executive producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Shameless) and creator Jonathan Lisco (Southland), Animal Kingdom is a serialized drama inspired by the critically acclaimed 2010 Australian movie of the same name. The series, centers on teenager Joshua “J” Cody, played by Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose.

Earlier this week Amazon announced that the company has greenlit a new Amazon Original Series “Le Mans: Racing is Everything,” from London based production company New Black Films. The limited series will explore what is known as “the Mount Everest of motorsports,” the grueling, non-stop 24-hour car race that has taken place annually in Le Mans, France since 1923.

Prime members will be able to stream that series exclusively on Amazon Prime as well. “Le Mans: Racing is Everything” will offer access to the entire 24 hours of the race, while exploring the storied legacy of Le Mans and the generations of drivers who have braved the course.

Le Mans: Racing is Everything embeds with teams Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Toyota, Aston Martin and Rebellion as they race to build their cars and compete in what is one of the highest attended single-day sporting events in the world. Featured drivers include Australian Formula 1 legend Mark Webber; German three-time Le Mans champion André Lotterer; Nico Prost, son of legendary Formula 1 driver Alain Prost; and English teenage gamer Jann Mardenborough, who at the age of 19 was given a slot on Team Nissan after winning an e-Sports racing competition.

“Fans are consistently thrilled by the excitement and danger that is the annual Le Mans race. Le Mans: Racing is Everything will take that excitement to the next level, giving Prime members behind-the-scenes access to what it takes to win this singular event,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals.

“We’ll raise the veil on the pressure that racing cars to the limit puts on the teams and drivers, in a unique human-interest driven series that will take a 360 look at what it takes to participate, organize and ultimately try and win what is unquestionably the toughest race in motorsport,” said James Erskine of New Black Films. “It’s a great privilege to bring this to screen with such strong collaborators as Amazon Prime Video. This is racing as you’ve never seen it before.”

“The Automobile Club de l’Ouest was very pleased to grant New Black Films unprecedented access to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and we are excited for Amazon Prime members to see the result,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO.

Le Mans: Racing is Everything is slated to be directed by Emmy Award-nominated James Erskine (American Masters) and produced by Victoria Gregory (Man on Wire, Senna), and their production company, New Black Films (The White Room, One Night in Turin).