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PBS’ PBS Distribution unit has struck a deal with British streaming service Walter Presents, which last year launched in the U.S. as an SVOD product, to add more than 300 hours of international drama series to its PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels.
Beginning Oct. 19, U.S. subscribers of the PBS Masterpiece channel can access such Walter Presents drama series from around the world as Danish noir Norskov, which focuses on a cop who returns to his hometown to help clean up its drug problem; Belgian crime thriller 13 Commandments, which follows the investigation of a series of crimes based on the Ten Commandments; and Belgium’s Professor T, about an eccentric professor and criminologist who serves as an advisor to the police.
The PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon costs $5.99 per month after a seven-day free trial. Under the deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, select Walter Presents titles will be chosen by PBS to air on PBS stations and streaming on PBS Passport, a digital member benefit available through local stations.
Walter Presents focuses on curated foreign-language fare, from Nordic thrillers to French political dramas, all with English subtitles, and has developed a loyal U.K. following amid growing demand for high-end series from around the world.
“PBS Distribution has always offered the best British dramas,” Andrea Downing, co-president of PBS Distribution, said in a statement. “Expanding our Prime Video Channel to include the best of foreign-language dramas is a natural fit, giving our subscribers access to premium international series. Walter Presents will deliver hand-selected global hits to our audience.”
Said Walter Iuzzolino, co-founder and curator of Walter Presents: “I’m delighted and excited to be partnering with PBS Distribution, a company synonymous with quality drama and premium programming. The PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel already provides audiences with a fabulous collection of British series. Now, subscribers will have access to some truly amazing global drama series providing a chance to enjoy the very best the rest of the world has to offer.”
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