PBS Inks Streaming Deal for International Dramas

PBS Distribution has inked a deal with Walter Presents, a streaming on-demand video service, to bring more than 300 hours of the international drama to Prime members on the PBS Masterpiece channel available on Prime Video Channels.

Starting Oct. 19, subscribers in the United States can access the Walter Presents collection of top, award-winning drama series from around the world for $5.99 per month after a seven-day free trial.

Curated by Walter Iuzzolino, whose venture first gained popularity in the United Kingdom, the library of international dramas includes series ranging from Nordic thrillers to French political dramas, all with English subtitling. Additionally, select top-tier titles will be chosen by PBS for broadcast on PBS stations and streaming on PBS Passport, a digital member benefit available through local stations.

“PBS Distribution has always offered the best British dramas. 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,” said Andrea Downing, co-president, PBS Distribution, in a statement. “Walter Presents will deliver hand-selected global hits to our audience.”

“I’m delighted and excited to be partnering with PBS Distribution, a company synonymous with quality drama and premium programming,” said Walter Iuzzolino, co-founder and curator of Walter Presents, in a statement. “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.”

Walter Presents series coming to PBS include “Norskov,” a Nordic noir story about a police detective fighting corruption in his home town; “13 Commandments,” a Belgian thriller about a self-proclaimed modern-day Moses Inspired by the 10 commandments who is committing a series of gruesome crimes in a bid to restore society’s moral standards; and “Professor T,” another Belgian series about an eccentric and socially inept criminal psychology genius who reluctantly becomes an advisor to the police.

Walter Presents launched in the United Kingdom on Channel 4’s on-demand service “All 4” in January 2016.

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