Yesterday it was announced that the upcoming Star Trek Picard show would be available exclusively on Amazon Prime internationally outside the U.S.A. and Canada. With CBS All Access already announced for the U.S.A., the final Canadian piece of the distribution puzzle was put into place today.
Picard Series to be Captained in Canada by Bell Media
This morning CBS Studios International and Bell Media today announced a licensing agreement for the new untitled Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard television series in Canada. With Bell Media’s acquisition of the exclusive linear television and subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights in English and French in Canada, each episode will be available simultaneously with its release in the U.S.
The latest addition to the Star Trek franchise will air day-and-date with the U.S. on Bell Media’s cable networks, Space (in English) and Z (in French), and the following day will stream exclusively on Crave, Bell Media’s subscription video-on-demand service. This is essentially the same arrangement CBS has with Bell for Star Trek: Discovery.
“Bell Media has been a terrific home for Star Trek: Discovery, so we’re thrilled to expand our partnership with the next original series in the franchise, and one that it based on a beloved ‘Star Trek’ character,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group in a statement. “This new series will deliver CBS’ world-class production auspices and the considerable talents of Sir Patrick Stewart, further exciting Canadian fans who have always been passionately ‘engaged’ in the world of ‘Star Trek.’”
“Canadians have an insatiable appetite for the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, which has resulted in premium impact for our platforms,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “The excitement for the return of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard is out of this world, and we’re thrilled to exclusively deliver another highly anticipated installment of the iconic universe to viewers and subscribers.”
The Picard series is currently in production and is expected to debut by the end of this year.
Chabon gushes over Sir Pat
In other Picard show news, last night executive producer Michael Chabon shared an image of Sir Patrick Stewart on Instagram with the message “This beautiful guy,” along with the hashtag #untitledpicardproject.
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