Amazon signs ‘Top Gear’ star Jeremy Clarkson for car show

The famous “Top Gear” trio has found a new home – with Amazon.

Clarkson and his team have agreed to sign on to a brand new car show with the online shopping giant as part of its Prime Video subscription service.

In a major coup for the company, the show will feature a new, unscripted series about cars, directed by Clarkson’s old school friend Andy Wilman.

Amazon beat other major contenders like Netflix and bigger television networks in order to secure the deal.

Clarkson said moving to Amazon’s streaming service felt “like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”

The series will appear on Prime Video in the US, UK, Austria and Germany with the ability to also license rights to broadcasters or streaming services in other territories around the world where Prime video is not available.

No word yet on the probable cost of the deal but an Amazon insider did acknowledge that a significant investment was made.

This agreement will help to secure Amazon Prime Video’s $99 a year subscription service as a definite competitor to Netflix and other television networks.

The agreement confirms Clarkson and his co-presenters for a three-year commitment and the show is expected to debut next year.

Clarkson has garnered major support after his contentious fallout with the BBC following reports of a physical and verbal altercation he had with a producer.

Clarkson was then let go from “Top Gear” following which a petition was launched for his reinstatement that raised close to a million signatures.

source – loopjamaica.com

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