Amazon Prime Video to Launch Psychological Thriller Series from Entertainment One, Cruel Summer, Exclusively for Prime Video Viewers Worldwide (excluding the U.S., Canada & China)
From the Executive Producers behind The Sinner Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple, with Creator and Executive Producer Bert V. Royal (Easy A) and Showrunner Tia Napolitano (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19)
Amazon Prime Video today announced they have secured the exclusive first window worldwide rights (excluding the United States, Canada and China) to the highly anticipated premium psychological thriller Cruel Summer. From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), alongside Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple’s prod-co Iron Ocean Productions, the series will launch on Prime Video following its U.S. premiere on Freeform later this year.
“With Cruel Summer, Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Bert V. Royal and Tia Napolitano have created a unique drama that will have Prime members around the world biting their fingernails as this mysterious story plays out,” said Brad Beale Vice President, Worldwide Content Acquisition for Prime Video. “This highly anticipated series is a great addition to our catalogue of shows and movies already on Prime Video; we can’t wait for Prime members to watch this compelling series.”
“We’re thrilled to expand our international relationship with Amazon Prime Video on this highly sought-after series,” said Stuart Baxter, President, International Distribution, eOne. “Cruel Summer is incredibly timely in today’s age of strong female voices, and unique in telling the story from dual perspectives, unravelling a dark mystery piece by piece. We believe this edge-of-your-seat, layered drama with international themes will appeal to audiences all around the world, initially on SVOD and then beyond.”
Cruel Summer is an unconventional series that takes place over three summers in the 90s when a beautiful and popular teen goes missing, and a seemingly unrelated girl transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from alternating POVs. The series stars Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee, Brooklyn Sudano and Sarah Drew.
Created and Executive Produced by Bert V. Royal with Tia Napolitano serving as Showrunner and Executive Producer, Cruel Summer comes from lead studio eOne and Iron Ocean Productions’ Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple. Max Winkler directed and executive produced the pilot. eOne has worldwide distribution rights to the series (excluding US and Canada), including second windows.