One of the unanswered questions we have flagged here about the upcoming Picard show is where it will be seen around the world. When first announced it was confirmed the show is set for CBS All Access in the USA, but without any info about other countries. Today that changed.
Picard headed to Amazon Prime internationally
Today, CBS Studios International announced an exclusive deal with Amazon for the upcoming Star Trek Picard series starring Sir Patrick Stewart. It is set to stream on Prime Video in 200 countries and territories outside of the U.S.A. and Canada. Each episode of the series will be available on Amazon Prime within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.
The new show went into production in April and Sir Patrick Stewart revealed this streaming news on Instagram from the lot, saying he was thrilled to announce that “the next thrilling chapter of Picard’s life” was headed to Amazon. And in a riff off his trademark catchphrase, he ended with “enjoy!”
While Netflix is the exclusive home of Star Trek: Discovery, their absence from earlier announcements indicated the Picard show would end up elsewhere. Recently, the CEO of CBS stated he felt the Picard show, “will have strong international appeal.” While CBS is planning on expanding their All Access service outside USA, as of now it is only in 2 other countries, so a deal with Amazon makes sense for this show.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is a well known sci-fi geek and Trekkie (even making a cameo in Star Trek Beyond), so it seems fitting for Picard to end up on the company’s video service. Amazon has also been more aggressively pursuing original and licensed genre content for their portfolio, it’s now the home to The Expanse, their original shows like Man In The High Castle, the upcoming Lord Of The Rings series, plus there’s even more upcoming genre shows in development such as an adaptation of Snow Crash, and the Galaxy Quest the TV series.
The press release notes that the deal for the Picard show does not cover Canada, as of now there is no news regarding where the show will be available in Canada. Star Trek: Discovery airs on Space in Canada, but CBS has launched All Access in Canada as well, so either is a possibility as the future home of the Picard show.
Picard back in command
The official press release contains a number of quotes from executive producer Alex Kurtzman and other executives from CBS and Amazon.
“There’s only one word that can begin to describe Sir Patrick Stewart as Starship Commander Jean-Luc Picard, and that’s ‘legendary,’” said series executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “We are thrilled beyond measure to have him back in command, bringing the optimistic messages of ‘Star Trek’ to audiences around the world.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the newest edition of the storied ‘Star Trek’ franchise to our international Amazon Prime Video customers,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide Content Licensing for Amazon Prime Video. “With the incredible Sir Patrick Stewart returning as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard, we’re excited we can give ‘Trek’ fans both old and new the opportunity to see him back in action. It’s a terrific addition to our already robust catalog of exclusive Amazon Prime Video content.”
“For 50 years, the ‘Star Trek’ series have been a global sensation, spanning generations and audiences of all ages. It’s an honor to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back for what is sure to be another world-class extension of the historic franchise,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We look forward to working with the team at Amazon Prime Video to bring this next chapter of the incredible ‘Star Trek’ franchise to its passionate international fan base.”
Picard is back this year
The Picard show started production in April for an expected 10-episode season which is set to debut by the end of the year. Details on the show are scant. The official description states that the series “will follow this iconic character in the next chapter of his life.” It is known that it will take place around two decades following the events of Star Trek Nemesis and will also deal with some of the Prime Timeline events of the 2009 Star Trek movie, specifically the destruction of the planet Romulus.
Alongside Stewart, the series will also star Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”), Harry Treadaway (“Penny Dreadful”), Isa Briones (“American Crime Story: Versace”), Santiago Cabrera (“Salvation”), Evan Evagora (newcomer), and Michelle Hurd (“Blindspot”). The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers and Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) will serve as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer will serve as supervising producer.
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