The video streaming service “Prime Video” from Amazon is available worldwide. As Amazon has now confirmed, over 20 new Prime Originals are being produced in Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan and Mexico - including the series “We children from Bahnhof Zoo”, based on the autobiographical work of the same name about life by Christiane F.
Most of it is available globally
Most of the new series will not only be available in the production countries, but also for streaming to a global audience on Prime Video worldwide. The new German Prime Original Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo will be part of the extensive catalog. The series is based on Christiane F.'s autobiographical memoir from 1978 and is a modern retelling of the shocking and at the same time gripping story about Christiane F. and her dysfunctional circle of friends in the West Berlin drug milieu of the 70s.
“We are pleased to confirm that over 20 new Prime Originals are starting production in seven countries on three continents. We know that no matter what part of the world they stream Prime Video in, our viewers want to see authentic stories set in their own country and featuring characters who reflect their own experiences and diversity. By giving voice to creatives and storytellers around the world, we can bring their visions to life for our Prime members around the world. "Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.
The new German Prime Original series is based on the controversial and autobiographical book of the same name from 1978. The series was adapted for TV by author Annette Hess (Weissensee, Ku'damm 56/59) and her Writer's Room and tells the true story of Christiane F . and her dysfunctional circle of friends, with whom she got caught up in the dark drug scene of West Berlin in the 70s when she was a teenager. The Prime Original series is produced by Oliver Berben (The Verdict - The Truth and Nothing but the Truth, Debt I + II, The Minutes, Parfum, Shadowhunters) and Sopie von Uslar (In the Middle of Germany: NSU, Tannbach - Destiny of a Village) for Constantin Television produces. Philipp Kadelbach (Parfum, SS-GB, Our Mothers, Our Fathers) is in charge of the direction. The shooting for Wir Kinder von Bahnhof Zoo will start in 2019. The series will have an exclusive premiere on Prime Video in Germany and Austria.
“We know our global audiences are hungry for local stories from the best local creatives. We have already received great feedback on international Prime Originals like the British series The Grand Tour and All or Nothing: Manchester City, German productions like You Are Wanted, the Indian series Breathe and Mirzapur, Mexican content like Un extraño enemigo and LOL: Last One Laughing and productions from Japan such as Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental. We are therefore particularly pleased to offer talented local writers, directors and producers the opportunity not only to delight a local audience, but also to present their work to an international audience of more than 100 million Prime members around the world. "James Farrell, Head of International Originals.
The authors and producers of the new Prime Originals include Annette Hess, Oliver Berben and Constantin Television from Germany, Jane Featherstone, Naomi de Pear and Naomi Alderman from Great Britain as well as Nicola Guaglianone, Menotti & Wildside (Italy), María Dueñas & Atresmedia Studios ( Spain), Adolfo Martinez Perez & Zebra Producciones (Spain), Bambu (Spain), Amritpal Singh Bindra & Still and Still Media Collective (India), Amit Kumar & Asif Kapadia (India), Sudip Sharma & Clean Slate Films (India), Ali Abbas Zafar (India), Sapan Verma & OML (India), VICE MEDIA JAPAN (Japan), Dynamo, Corazon Films & 3Pas (Mexico).
More new Prime Originals planned
In addition to the production of “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”, which is expected in Germany, there are countless international productions.
The Power - Great Britain. The contemporary thriller series The Power comprises ten episodes. The series' writer and creator is Naomi Alderman. The Prime Original is based on the international bestseller of the same name and award-winning novel by the award-winning British author. The Power is produced by Sisters Pictures, executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, The Split, Utopia), Naomi de Pear (The Bisexual, Flowers), Naomi Alderman and Reed Morano (The Handmaid's Tale) also directs. Tim Bricknell (Trust, Taboo) is the producer of the series, which will be shot around the world. The Power is the latest Prime Original drama series from the UK and is premiering worldwide on Prime Video.
La Templanza - Spain. The new Spanish Prime Original tells a dramatic love story set in Mexico, Cuba, London and Spain in the 1860s. The drama series is based on the best seller of the same name by María Dueñas and will be produced by Atresmedia Studios in 2019. The series starts on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories.
El Cid - Spain. A man caught between two worlds - the Spanish Prime Original El Cid retells the story of the most famous Spaniard in history from a modern perspective. A nobleman, a hero, a mercenary, a vassal, but also a man who could have been a king: El Cid was centuries ahead of its time and thus caught between two cultures and two worlds. His legend has survived him since then. The series will be produced by Zebra Producciones from this year. The authors are Luis Arranz and Adolfo Martinez. El Cid premieres in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Untitled Drama Series - Italy. The celebrated Italian writers Nicola Guaglianone and Mennotti are the authors of the first Italian Prime Original drama series. The untitled series is a crime thriller set in Milan in the late 80s and tells the story of a shy, insecure teenage girl who becomes the youngest member of the mafia. She is not driven by greed for money or power - she just wants to win her father's love. The series is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Giananis Wildside in collaboration with Amazon Studios. Filming will start in 2019. The series will be available in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Bandish Bandits - India. The new Indian Prime Original is a romantic musical produced by Still and Still Media Collective. Directed by Anand Tiwari and written by Amritpal Singh Bindra, Bandish Bandits tells the young, dynamic love story of Radhe, an experienced Indian classical singer, and Tamanna, a free-spirited pop star. While Radhe sticks to a centuries-old tradition, Tamanna makes up for her mediocre singing talent with her many years of experience as a stage artist. Although their worlds could hardly be more different, they embark on a journey to self-discovery - and to see whether opposites that attract each other can also adapt and last in the long term. Bandish Bandits will be produced in 2019 and will be available for streaming to Prime members in India and over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
The Last Hour - India. The Indian Prime Original is a thriller and is about supernatural occurrences in a small, picturesque mountain station in the Himalayas. Amit Kumar (Shots in the Monsoon) is responsible for the story and staging of the series. The OSCAR award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Amy) is the executive producer. Production for The Last Hour started in January 2019. The series premieres in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Untitled drama-thriller series - India. The Indian investigative thriller doubles as an astute commentary on modern Indian society and politics. The new Prime Original is created by Sudip Sharma (author of NH10 and Udta Punjab) and will be produced by Clean Slate Films from February 2019. The series will be available for streaming in over 200 countries and territories.
Untitled Drama Series - India. From the pen of the author / producer / director Ali Abbas Zafir (Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai), the political drama explores the dark sides of Indian politics with a focus on youth. Where powerful politicians and those who want to become politicians sow chaos and manipulate others to gain control of the country, the ruthless pragmatism contrasts with the frustration and aspirations of India today and the ideals of the country's youth. Production of the series will start in March 2019, and the Prime Original will be available in 200 countries and territories.
Untitled reality series - India. The reality series produced by OML is a kind of comedy-talk-show hybrid in which celebrities try their hand at stand-up comedy for the first time. The show is created and hosted by comedian Sapan Verma, a member of East India Comedy (EIC). Each episode brings together a famous stand-up comedian and a celebrity. Together they explore the celeb's life and talk about situations they found hilarious while the seasoned comedian takes the novice by the hand to write a comedy set for the first time. Ultimately, each episode features Sapan, the guest comedian, and the celebrity performing in front of a live audience at a local comedy club.
Comicstaan (Tamil) - India. Comicstaan (Tamil) is a regional language spin-off of the successful Prime Original Comicstaan. The series is created and produced by OML (Comicstaan). The new Prime Original shows the search for the next great stand-up talent from Tamil, in which six participants per week compete in various comedy genres and are judged by the audience and a jury. Experienced, Tamil comedians look after the participants of the various genres. With the help of their mentor, the candidates prepare a set every week and perform in front of a live audience. In the final, the mentors and jurors will also perform live.
El Presidente - Mexico. The new Mexican Prime Original is produced by the production company Fabula (Jackie, Eine fantastische Frau) of OSCAR winner Pablo Lorainne and Gaumont (Narcos). El Presidente is a true crime series that was inspired by the events and real characters surrounding the corruption scandal “FIFA Gate” from 2015. The series looks at the scandal from the perspective of the club president of a small Chilean football club who becomes a key figure in a $ 150 million bribery conspiracy. Production of El Presidente will start next year and the series will have exclusive premieres in over 200 countries and territories.
Untitled Sci-Fi / Horror Comedy Series - Mexico The as yet untitled new series takes viewers on a true emotional rollercoaster with high doses of tension and black humor against the backdrop of an apocalyptic battle of epic proportions. The Mexican Prime Original will be produced in 2019 by Dynamo (Narcos, El Chapo) and Red Creek Productions (Sins of My Father) and will be launched exclusively in over 200 countries and territories.
El Juego de las Llaves - Mexico. Mexican Prime Original El Juego de las Llaves is a comedy series about long-term monogamy, self-actualization, and desire set in modern Mexico City. The series follows four couples who have been together for many years, are friends and one day decide to have a swinger experience. In the time after that, each character has to deal with the effects on the respective relationship and their own attitude to sexuality for themselves. El Juego de las Llaves will premiere in over 200 countries and territories, excluding the United States.
Untitled political thriller - Mexico. In the Mexican, as yet untitled Prime Original, Mexico City forms the background for an intense and confused story with politicians, assassins, government spies and drug cartels, who all clash in a battle for control of the Mexican government and its environment. The series is a co-production with Televisa. The Prime Original is already being produced and will be launched exclusively on Prime Video in over 2019 countries and territories in 200.
Como Sobrevivir Soltero - Mexico. The hour-long drama series is the fictional representation of the life of Sebastian Zurita, a Mexican actor, and his millennial friends, all of whom are miserably in love. The Prime Original is produced by Campanario, Addiction House and Sony Pictures. Full of dramatic humor, Como Sobrevivir Soltero explores the ups and downs of single life and the search for love in the fast-paced, Mexican macho culture. The series takes the story of Sebastian Zurita at a point when his life seems perfect. But then the actor finds out that his fiancée is cheating on him. Together with his single friends, he embarks on an amusing journey in which they try to navigate through today's dating market - a world that is dominated by apps and algorithms. The shooting of Como Sobrevivir Soltero will start in 2019.
United Social Issue Series - Japan. The unscripted Prime Original, which is produced by VICE MEDIA JAPAN, is the first collaboration between the young global company and Amazon Prime Video. Socially relevant topics are dealt with in in-depth documentaries from the unadulterated and alternative perspective of VICE. Each feature is followed by a lively panel discussion led by popular entertainers and various panels of guest commentators.
The Bachelorette - Japan. The series is a local version of the American reality dating show that has aired in the US for 14 seasons since it started as a spin-off from The Bachelor in 2003. In The Bachelorette, the gender roles are swapped and the woman takes the wheel when she embarks on the journey to choose her future husband from a pool of possible candidates.
More new seasons on Amazon Prime
The Grand Tour - Season 4 / Great Britain. It was already clear at the end of last year that the international hit series The Grand Tour would be extended for a fourth season. The third season of the Prime Original started on January 18, 2019 on Amazon's video streaming service. In December, Amazon announced that Clarkson, Hammond and May would give up their show tent for the coming season and take another big adventure trip that fans love so much.
Mirzapur - Season 2 / India. Mirzapur celebrated its worldwide premiere on November 16, 2018 on Prime Video - now Amazon confirms a second season. The captivating drama series follows the story of two brothers who succumb to the charm of power and are absorbed by it. The Prime Original is an exaggerated portrayal of inland reality and the youth of India - a world of drugs, guns and lawlessness where castes, power differences, egos and temperaments clash. Violence is the only way of life here. Season two is produced by the creators of Emmy-nominated Inside Edge and penned by Puneet Krishna. Gurmmeet Singh is directing. In the new episodes, the series tells the story of this violent world that changes people and demands sacrifices when it is clashed with greed for power. Production will start in 2019, with the second season premiering in over 200 countries and territories.
HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental - Season 7 / Japan. The popular Japanese Prime Original returns to Prime Video for the seventh season in 2019. Legendary comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto is the creator of the series. At a variety show that he hosts, ten idiosyncratic entertainers put their money and comedy pride in a "duel of laughs behind closed doors," in which everyone is free for the prize money of ten million Japanese yen to win. The title Documental is a neologism by Hitoshi Matsumoto, which was created as a combination of the words “Documentary” and “Mental”. The rules of the show are simple: the ten candidates wager one million Japanese yen to be allowed to enter the room together for six hours. Anyone who laughs has to leave the room immediately - so the challenge is to make the competition laugh without laughing yourself.
LOL: Last One Laughing - Season 2 / Mexico. Based on the Japanese series format HITOSHI MATSUMOTO Presents Documental and originally penned by Hitoshi Matsumoto himself, the first season of the Mexican Prime Original LOL: Last One Laughing premiered exclusively on Prime Video in over 14 countries and territories on December 200th. The series is moderated by actor, writer, director and star comedian Eugenio Derbez (Overboard, How to be a Latin Lover). LOL also sends ten candidates into a “duel of laughs behind closed doors”, in which the competitors want to make each other laugh. The last person to fail to laugh will win a million peso prize. LOL is produced by Derbez '3Pas Studios and Endemol Shine. Production of the second season will begin in 2019.
Diablo Guardian - Season 2 / Mexico. The Prime Original is the serial adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same name by Xavier Velasco. Diablo Guardian returns to Prime Video in season two with Paulina Gaitan (Narcos), Andrés Almeida (Y Tu Mamá También - Lust for Life) and award-winning actor Adrián Ladrón (La 4a Compañia) in the lead roles. In the first season, the Prime Original follows the story of Violetta (Gaitan), a teenager from Mexico who is frustrated with her life. In a moment of desperation, she steals $ 100.000 from her parents and crosses the border in hopes of reaching New York City. She dreams of starting a new life there. But Violetta finds herself in the harsh reality - she runs out of money and falls into the clutches of the wicked Nefastófeles (Almeida). The second season is produced by Televisa Alternative Originals for Amazon Studios and will launch next year on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories.