Amazon, CBS ink another exclusive streaming deal


Michelle Clancy

| 03 October 2015

Amazon Prime Instant Video and CBS have inked yet another exclusive streaming deal.

Building on the success of Amazon's exclusive in-season licensing agreement for Under the Dome and Extant, Prime will be the home for three new CBS summer series through 2018, starting with the upcoming comic-thriller BrainDead.

Prime members in the US will be able to stream the show just four days after broadcast.

"We're thrilled to build on our relationship with Amazon with new original summer series and more programming from CBS and Showtime," said Scott Koondel, chief corporate licensing officer at CBS. "With a truly original, genre-bending concept from outstanding creative auspices, BrainDead will be one of the most talked-about shows next summer by CBS viewers and Prime members."

BrainDead is from Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed producers of The Good Wife. Set in the world of Washington politics, the series follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) getting her first job in the city, and discovering two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.

This deal will also extend and expand other CBS and Showtime titles available to Prime members down the road.

The exclusive third-party content will complement Amazonís push for original content to help differentiate the service. Fresh off five Primetime Emmy wins, Amazon recently announced that it is prepping six TV pilots.