Series will debut exclusively to Prime members in the U.S., U.K.,
Germany and select territories globally in 2018
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2017--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has added critically acclaimed
thriller Absentia to its lineup of original dramatic series—all
episodes will debut exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S., as well as
in select markets globally, including Australia, Austria, Germany,
India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and
the U.K. The series, premiering in 2018, will also be available in
additional territories after its linear broadcast debut. Starring and
executive produced by Castle’s Stana
Katic, Absentia centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Katic).
While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, Agent Byrne
disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, Emily
is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of
the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has
remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds
herself implicated in a new series of murders.
Absentia, produced by Masha Productions and distributed by Sony
Pictures Television in association with Sony Pictures Television’s
International Networks, garnered much fanfare when it opened this year’s
Monte Carlo Television Festival and marks Katic’s first leading
television role since Castle. The series was the number-one
program in its timeslot when it debuted in Spain, Portugal, Romania and
Poland on SPTN's AXN channels (Source: Techedge: Kantar Media
[Live+VOSDAL], and ARMA - Kantar Media, Nielsen Audience Measurement;
all timeslot rank stats based on competitive set of channels for each
The series is executive produced and directed by Oded
Ruskin (False Flag), alongside executive producers Matt
Cirulnick (South Beach), Julie
Glucksman, Katic and Maria
Feldman (False Flag, Fauda). The series was created by Gaia
Violo and Cirulnick and is based on a pilot script originally written by
“Absentia is an exciting new thriller which combines family and
love with suspense and vindication,” said Brad Beale, Vice President,
Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Amazon Prime Video. “Prime members
worldwide are going to love this well written show with remarkable
performances by a terrific ensemble cast led by Stana Katic in her
newest lead role.”
“Amazon is the perfect home for this innovative new thriller series. We
believe Absentia will be a stand-out show for Amazon Prime
members around the world,” said Paul Littmann, EVP, Worldwide Television
Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment.
“Absentia started as a passion project for Sony’s Networks group
with a brilliant director and producer and a stellar cast of
international talent, all willing to jump into an entirely new model. We
are thrilled to share this premium independent drama series with
Amazon’s global viewers,” said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming &
Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks.
Absentia also stars Patrick
Heusinger (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) as Emily’s husband
and fellow FBI agent Nick who struggles with the guilt that he stopped
looking for Emily, and his feelings for her that have
resurfaced—especially now that he’s married to another woman. Nick is
now tasked with the unthinkable: having to bring Emily into custody as
the prime suspect in a string of shocking new murders. Forced to prove
her innocence, Emily goes on the run. But the closer Emily gets to
answers, the more she puts herself and her family in danger. Can she
prove her innocence before it is too late and discover the truth about
In addition to Katic and Heusinger, Absentia’s ensemble cast
Theobold (Downton Abbey), Neil
Jackson (Sleepy Hollow), Angel
Bonanni (False Flag), Richard
Brake (Game of Thrones), Ralph
Ineson (Game of Thrones), Paul
Freeman (The Dogs of War), Bruno
Bichir (Narcos) and Patrick
McAuley (The Conjuring 2).
Absentia will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy
using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including
Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online with other Amazon Original
Series online at Amazon.com/originals,
at no additional cost to their membership. Eligible customers who are
not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
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About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television
(SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers,
producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for
every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest
libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats,
SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 22
wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries
around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures
About Sony Pictures Television Networks
Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching
nearly two billion subscribers around the world. Based in Culver City,
Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai,
Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony's linear and digital networks offer
high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and
third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and
locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony
Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
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