Amazon Studios Adds Comedy "Catastrophe" to its Original Series Line-up
"Catastrophe" to premiere in the U.S. exclusively for Prime members
Series created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan about an American man and Irish woman who make a mess out of falling in love in London
SEATTLE -- Jan. 29, 2015 -- (NASDAQ: AMZN) - Amazon Studios, known for television series such as multi-Golden Globe winner Transparent, and comedy Mozart in the Jungle, today added hit comedy Catastrophe to its line-up of Amazon Original Series available exclusively on Prime Instant Video, for Prime members to enjoy at no additional cost to their membership. Written by U.S. comedian and bestselling author, Rob Delaney, and award-winning actress, Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe is a half-hour comedy set in London about an Irish woman and American man struggling to start a relationship after their clumsy lust leads to pregnancy. Already a critical hit in the UK, Catastrophe is an Avalon Television production with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Merman. The series will be available exclusively for Prime members in the U.S. this spring and will come to Prime Instant Video in the UK later this year.
"Rob and Sharon have created an engaging, contemporary, funny and moving story," said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. "We are excited to bring Catastrophe exclusively to our Amazon Prime customers and can't wait to hear what they think of the series."
"We are delighted to be working with Amazon Studios, whose programming is rapidly proving to be some of the most original television currently being produced," said Jon Thoday, Joint Managing Director of Avalon Television.
Catastrophe is produced by Jack Bayles and directed by Ben Taylor along with executive producers Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan and Jon Thoday.
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Amazon Studios most recently debuted its dramatic comedy Mozart in the Jungle from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz, John Strauss and Alex Timbers as well as Jill Soloway's multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent; its first live-action series for kids 6-11, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street; and a second season of the Garry Trudeau political comedy Alpha House. The studio has also launched three additional children's series, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Award-winning and Annie Award-nominated Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment; Creative Galaxy from Angela Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators of Blue's Clues; and Annedroids, from Emmy nominated Sinking Ship Entertainment.
Amazon Studios has also announced four additional, original series to debut in 2015, including Michael Connelly's Bosch; Hand of God from Marc Forster and Ben Watkins; Red Oaks from Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, Greg Jacobs and Joe Gangemi; and kids series Wishenpoof! from Angela Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises; as well as a second season of Transparent.
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