Series, written by Harry and Jack Williams, will begin production
this year and launch on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and
territories and ITV in the UK
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 3, 2018--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Prime Video and ITV today announced it has
greenlit The Widow, an eight-episode Prime Original and ITV
series, starring Kate
Beckinsale (The Aviator, Love & Friendship). Written and
executive produced by Harry
Williams (The Missing, Fleabag) and produced by Williams’ Two
Brothers Pictures, The Widow follows Georgia Wells (Beckinsale)
who has cut herself off from her previous life and is no longer the
woman she once was. After seeing her “late” husband on the news, she is
pulled back to face the world and will stop at nothing until she gets
the truth about her past. This emotionally gut-wrenching thriller will
take Georgia into the depths of the African Congo where danger and
revelation will greet her at every turn.
The Widow will be produced by Eliza
Mellor (Liar, The Living and the Dead, Poldark), directed by Sam
Donovan (Humans, Liar, Utopia) and Olly
Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue), and distributed globally by
all3media International. The series will commence production this month
in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam. The Widow will premiere on
ITV in the UK and on Prime Video in the US and more than 200 countries
“We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate
Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon
Studios’ critically acclaimed films,” said Brad Beale, Vice President,
Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Amazon Prime Video. “Harry and Jack
Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by
one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring
this thrilling series to Prime members around the world.”
“I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow,”
said ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill. “She is perfect for the role of
Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising
storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have
secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production
“Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled
she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more
perfect for the role,” added Harry and Jack Williams. “The Widow
is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to
bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”
Kate Beckinsale has proven to be one of the industry’s most versatile
and charismatic performers. Beckinsale recently wrapped production on Farming,
the directorial debut from Nigerian-British writer-director Adewale
Akinnuoye-Agbaje, opposite Damson Idris and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She most
recently starred in the Marc Webb drama The Only Living Boy in New
York opposite Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner, and Kiersey Clemons,
which was released by Amazon Studios on August 11. Prior to that, she
starred in Amazon Studios’ comedy Love & Friendship, directed
by Whit Stillman and based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, for which
she won the Evening Standard Award, the London Film Critics Circle Award
and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance. She
is also known for her starring role in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.
Harry and Jack Williams began their writing partnership in 2007 with the
BBC2 sitcom Roman’s Empire, starring Mathew Horne and Chris
O’Dowd. The show was subsequently piloted for American television, with
Kelsey Grammer in the lead. For the UK they wrote and produced
pilots and series including The Amazing Dermot, Bamboo,
Full English and The Guardians (which they also directed). In
2014, Harry and Jack wrote and executive produced BBC1’s Golden Globe
and Emmy nominated drama The Missing. The series, which starred
James Nesbitt, was also nominated for four BAFTAs, including Best Drama.
Since setting up Two Brothers Pictures in 2014, Harry and Jack have
produced shows for Amazon, HBO, AMC, BBC, ITV and Sky, including the
award-winning hit comedy Fleabag.
The Widow will be available on Prime Video to stream and Prime
members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline
viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be
available in more than 200 countries and territories for Prime members
to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire
Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets. Customers who are not
already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial at amazon.com/prime. For
a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
About Amazon Video
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ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial
television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from
the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport,
landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of
channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are
broadcast free-to-air, as well as the pay channel ITV Encore. ITV is
also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile
devices, video on demand and third party platforms. ITV Studios is a
global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats
from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics and
the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial
production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie
in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading
international distribution business.
Global demand for high-quality content from both broadcasters and
platform owners remains strong. Capitalising on this demand, ITV
continues to strengthen its position as the UK's largest commercial
production company, as well as creating an increasingly international
production business with bases in America, the Netherlands, France,
Germany, the Nordics and Australia.
Growing a scaled international content business in the key genres that
travel is central to ITV's strategy as an integrated producer
broadcaster. As the company creates, owns and manages more content, its
channels and digital services provide a platform to showcase its
programmes before distributing them across multiple platforms in the UK
About all3media international
all3media international distributes popular, award-winning TV programmes
to over 1,000 broadcasters and media platforms around the world.
The company has been celebrated for producing, marketing and
distributing quality, ground-breaking and pioneering shows to a global
audience – consistently topping the Broadcast and Televisual annual
Indies Surveys and we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise
in recognition of our growth – twice.
Our catalogue contains over 8,500 hours of content across all genres,
with a focus on drama, comedy, factual, entertainment and formats. As
well as Britain’s top-selling series Midsomer Murders, our lead
dramas include National Treasure, The Missing, Clique, Safe House,
Indian Summers, Liar and Hinterland. Our contemporary comedy
slate features Fleabag and GameFace. Factual,
entertainment and format bestsellers include Gogglebox, Undercover
Boss, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, The Gadget Show and The
As part of the UK’s leading multi-label studio we partner with UK and
international producers – including our own studios – in developing,
financing and delivering content and formats.
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