Amazon bosses were in London this week to preview some of their new shows, including Julia Roberts’ upcoming thriller Homecoming which has already been green-lit for a second series.
Executives also used their 2018 showcase to announce a new global outdoor multi-sport endurance race from The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett and hosted by Bear Grylls.
The ten-episode series will pit teams of four competitors from around the world against each other and nature’s harsh elements in this gruelling 24-hours a day, multi-day race.
Tough rules mean that if one teammate quits the entire team is disqualified.
Due to be filmed next year, the show will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories in 2020.
With Deutschland 83 sequel – Deutschland 86 – due to air shortly, it was also revealed that a third instalment has been green-lit and that Bibi & Tina, a live action series about a teenage witch and her best friend is coming to the service.
And Neil Gaiman, whose American Gods and Good Omens have already been adapted by Amazon, has agreed an exclusive overall development deal which will see him develop further projects for the firm.
“What decided me was how much I enjoyed working with the Amazon team on Good Omens,” said Gaiman.
“They are smart, gloriously enthusiastic people, who weren’t afraid of Good Omens being different but who were as determined as I was to make something as unique and exciting as it is.
“I’m thrilled to know that I’ll have a home at Amazon in the future where I can make television that nobody’s seen before, that’s quite unlike Good Omens, but just as unusual and just as much fun.”
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, described Gaiman as “a phenomenally talented writer” with a “ardent, vocal and passionate” fanbase and said her team “are fortunate to bring his gifted vision to the Prime Video audience.”
Also present was Andy Wilman, Executive producer of The Grand Tour, who said he was “quietly confident” fans will love what they deliver this year and likened making the show to “recording an album, you’ve got some hits, fillers and some experimental eras.”
Speaking at the event, Amazon Vice President Jay Marine said the firm’s investment in original video content was paying off, revealing that the number of Prime trialists who watch the firm’s video content during their trial are more likely than those who don’t to convert to a full paid-membership.