Prime Video acquires Cruel Summer
January 13, 2021
Amazon Prime Video has secured the exclusive first window worldwide rights (excluding the US, Canada and China) to the 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 US 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 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.