12:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Amazon Prime Acquires USA's 'Mr. Robot'
USA's hacker drama Mr. Robot is headed to Amazon.
The company has acquired Universal Cable Production's first-year critical darling, it was announced Friday.
Under the pact, Amazon Prime will become the exclusive subscription streaming home for Mr. Robot beginning this spring. All 10 episodes of the series will be available for Amazon Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan.
From creator Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek as an antisocial hacker hoping to overthrow society and Christian Slater as the leader of the hacker group hoping to help him to do just that.
"Mr. Robot is one the most compelling new dramas on television," said Amazon vp digital video content acquisition Brad Beale in a statement. "Rami Malek delivers a mesmerizing performance and leads a great cast with an intriguing story full of dark twists. Prime members are going to love binging on this awesome show."
This marks the latest deal between UCP and Amazon Prime, which is also home to Syfy's Defiance and Warehouse 13 as well as USA's own Suits.
"Mr. Robot is a tremendous success and Amazon Prime has provided a great opportunity to make the show even more accessible to audiences," said NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution president Frances Manfredi. "We are pleased that Amazon recognizes the high quality of NBCUniversal’s content and is partnering with us in a network friendly way that allows viewers to watch the show when and where they want it."
Mr. Robot's streaming deal makes sense given that the series first made a splash online. The pilot episode was seen by 2.7 million people across nearly a dozen online platforms in the month leading up to its linear launch.
Hours before the show's network premiere, USA renewed Mr. Robot for a second season and also signed Esmail to an overall deal. The show proved a steady performer for the network this past summer.