May 2, 2022
Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb TV) May 2 announced an increased slate of premium originals, with multiple pickups of scripted and unscripted content. The ad-supported streaming service greenlit a new cooking competition series called “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation,” the coming-of-age drama “Beyond Black Beauty,” the family competition series “Play-Doh Squished,” and the music documentary Post Malone: Runaway. Freevee also picked up a second season of “Bosch: Legacy” and a third and fourth season of Uninterrupted’s “Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.”
Additionally, Freevee has secured a short-term film licensing agreement with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution for a limited selection of titles such as Deadpool, Deadpool 2, Logan, Hidden Figures, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Post, which will be available to customers on the free streaming service.
This news follows the previously announced Freevee deal with NBCU for an exclusive network-window for films from Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s 2020-21 theatrical slate, including titles such as Dolittle, The Invisible Man, Promising Young Woman, F9 (Fast & Furious 9), and Sing 2.
The platform also announced that it has increased its FAST (free ad-supported streaming television) offering to more than 75 channels, including exclusive linear channels for the hit Canadian sitcom “Kim’s Convenience,” as well as the original “The Kids in the Hall” comedy series.
“Amazon Freevee is a trailblazer in the AVOD space, reimagining, redefining, and leveling up the quality of content offered by a free streaming service,” Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, co-heads of content and programming at the platform, said in the statement.
Amazon Freevee original greenlights, development, and additional season pickups announced at the NewFront include:
“America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation” is a new unscripted competition series to find the next dynamic talent to join the America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) team.
“Beyond Black Beauty”: Inspired by the beloved novel, Beyond Black Beauty is a coming-of-age dramedy that follows Jolie Dumont, an equestrian with Olympic aspirations whose journey is suddenly halted when her mother, Janelle, moves them from their posh Belgium life to Janelle’s childhood home in Baltimore.
“Bosch: Legacy” — Season Two: Prior to the first season premiere on May 6, Freevee has picked up a second season of the Amazon Prime Video original “Bosch” spinoff series, which follows retired homicide detective turned private investigator Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) as he fights to work cases without the authority his former job provided.
“Inside No. 9”: Based on the BBC’s award-winning anthology series, the series mixes humor with horror, crime, and suspense, with each episode loosely linked via the inclusion of the number nine. From Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, this dark comedy features high stakes, shocking twists, and the unexpected.
“Play-Doh Squished”: Sarah Hyland hosts this fast-paced, family competition series where three teams of four family members and/or friends compete in a series of physical and creative challenges.
Post Malone: Runaway: A one-hour music documentary showcasing the story of Grammy-nominated Post Malone’s first arena tour, 2019’s The Runaway Tour. The movie, which will be the second original film on Freevee, features exclusive backstage access, live performances and interviews.
UNINTERRUPTED’s “Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.” The original docuseries showcases the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers, one of Southern California’s elite high school basketball teams, as they chase championship history and balance school, friendships, and their budding basketball careers. LeBron James and Maverick Carter return as executive producers.
“We have built a destination where viewers know they can discover and enjoy something new,” Anderson and Pirozzi said.