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Amazon Picks Up eOne Thriller Cruel Summer


Amazon Prime Video has secured the exclusive first-window worldwide rights (excluding the U.S., Canada and China) for the psychological thriller Cruel Summer.

From 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. The series 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. It is created and executive produced by Bert V. Royal with Tia Napolitano serving as showrunner and executive producer.

“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, VP of worldwide content acquisition for Prime Video. “This highly anticipated series is a great addition to our catalog 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 of international distribution at eOne. “Cruel Summer is incredibly timely in today’s age of strong female voices and unique in telling the story from dual perspectives, unraveling 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.”

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]


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