- #1 NEW CABLE SERIES OF THE YEAR IN THE U.S. TO PREMIERE ON LOVEFiLM
INSTANT IN UK AND GERMANY -
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 10, 2013--
Amazon’s LOVEFiLM, along with MGM Television (MGM),
has today announced the premiere of the highly-rated and critically
acclaimed epic U.S. television series “VIKINGS,” exclusively on LOVEFiLM
Instant in the UK and Germany, making the streaming service the first
and only place to watch the hit series in these countries.
From May 24th, 2013, members of LOVEFiLM Instant in the UK
will be able to feast on all nine episodes of the Norse action-drama at
once in full high-definition.
Starring Travis Fimmel (The Beast, The Experiment), Golden Globe
winner Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing) and
Katheryn Winnick (Love and Other Drugs, Bones), “VIKINGS”
chronicles the epic adventures of notorious Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok
(Fimmel), a Viking warrior who yearns to explore – and raid – the
distant shores of the ocean. “VIKINGS” also stars George Blagden (Wrath
of the Titans), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee), Gustaf Skarsgard (The
Way Back), and Clive Standen (Camelot).
Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical
story-tellers in the industry (Academy Award-winning film Elizabeth;
and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors),
“VIKINGS” is a tale of warfare, sex, bloodshed, ambition, family and
brotherhood. The epic drama is the #1 new cable series of the year in
the U.S., where it airs on HISTORY.
Chris Bird, Director, Film Strategy at LOVEFiLM, said:
“As the first time a TV series has arrived on LOVEFiLM Instant before
airing on traditional broadcasting platforms, this is an incredibly
exciting landmark in our history. We are serious about securing the best
film and TV entertainment for our members and this demonstrates how
content creators view LOVEFiLM as an effective broadcasting medium for
their high-quality and premium entertainment.”
Chris Ottinger, President, International Television Distribution and
“MGM Television is thrilled to bring the epic #1 new cable series in the
U.S., ‘VIKINGS,’ to Amazon’s LOVEFiLM members for their first-ever,
exclusive streaming experience in the United Kingdom and Germany. We are
always identifying exciting, alternative distribution platforms for our
premium content across the globe and are looking forward to captivating
new audiences with ‘VIKINGS’ through LOVEFiLM.”
“VIKINGS” will premiere on LOVEFiLM Instant in the UK on May 24th,
2013 and Germany on June 15th, 2013 and will be
available exclusively on the streaming service in both countries. MGM
Television is serving as the international distributor in all markets
outside of the U.S., Ireland and Canada.
Instant is available on PC, Mac or via Nintendo Wii and Wii U,
Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire,
Apple iPad and a growing number of Internet-connected TV sets and
Blu-ray players, giving members immediate access to a huge range of the
latest films and premium TV shows from as little as £4.99 a month.
LOVEFiLM is an Amazon company and is the leading European film and TV
series subscription service with over 2 million members in the UK,
Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway
LOVEFiLM has signed a number of film and TV content deals with major
studios including Miramax, Twentieth Century Fox, NBC Universal,
Marvel, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, ABC, BBC, ITV, Channel 4,
STUDIOCANAL and eOne
LOVEFiLM members can enjoy the benefits of DVDs and Blu-rays delivered
straight to their door with LOVEFiLM By Post giving them access to
more than 70,000 titles and the very latest new releases
LOVEFiLM Instant is available on over 280 Internet-enabled devices
including PCs, PlayStation 3, iPad, Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD,
Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Wii U, plus a growing number of Blu-Ray
players and Internet-connected TVs including Sony, Samsung and LG
LOVEFiLM is available for one low monthly price – with no late fees.
Packages start from £4.99
LOVEFiLM offers a range of video games rental options in the UK market
to support gaming across Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2,
Wii and DS
For additional information including a breakdown of packages visit www.lovefilm.com
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is a leading entertainment company focused on
the production and distribution of film and television content globally.
The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film
and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and
international television channels, including MGM-branded channels. For
more information, visit www.mgm.com.
Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar
Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to
explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts
him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who
insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the
uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki
(Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable
of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.
But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family
and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his
wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right.
It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce
fighter who simmers with jealousy; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy
(Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of
the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with
the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a
civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of
life will never be the same again.
Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The
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