Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is adding a new drama to its lineup of original drama series for Prime Video in the United States.
On Feb. 27, the online retailing giant announced that Amazon Studios signed a deal with Sky Vision to premiere Season 2 of the drama series Fortitude on Prime Video later this year.
The first season of Fortitude was premiered in 2015. It has also been available on Prime Video since January 2016. Season two will become an Amazon Original Series.
The series, starring Richard Dormer, Dennis Quaid, Sofie Gråbøl, Luke Treadaway, Darren Boyd, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mia Jexen, Alexandra Moen, Verónica Echegui, Sienna Guillory, Ramon Tikaram, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan and Ken Stott, follows the sheriff of a small isolated community with a captive population in an environment that is undergoing change and upheaval due to parasite and pathogen activity.
“In Fortitude, our customers will experience Dennis Quaid in a remarkably compassionate role, joined by an ensemble cast that has resonated with audiences globally,” Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama and VR, Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We’re excited to add such a beautiful and captivating series to our originals slate.”
Fortitude is Sky Original Production in the UK, produced by Fifty Fathoms. The series is created and written by Simon Donald, and executive produced by Donald, Faye Dorn and Patrick Spence. It is produced by Trevor Hopkins and Susie Liggat.
“Fortitude is high-end, addictive viewing and perfectly suits Amazon’s scripted portfolio. Amazon has been a keen supporter of the series from the outset, having taken an SVOD window on season one. We’re delighted to now extend the relationship and make Amazon the home of our most successful returning Sky Atlantic original drama series,” Sky Vision Managing Director Jane Millichip said.
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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is aggressively spending money to boost its video and original content in a bid to compete with Netflix.
The company is expected to spend over $3 billion a year on the streaming content, according to Macquarie Research’s Ben Schachter.
Last year, the online retailer expanded its video streaming service to more than 200 countries.
Prime Video, which is part of a subscription to the free-shipping Prime service costing $99 a year, is also available on a standalone basis for $8.99 a month in the U.S. In countries where Amazon doesn’t sell physical products online, the streaming service is being offered at $5.99 a month.