Clarkson, Hammond & May Land HUGE Budget for Amazon Show
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have landed themselves a huge budget for their upcoming Amazon Prime series.
The three presenters, formerly of BBC’s Top Gear, recently signed a deal with the streaming service to host their new automobile show, following their shock exit from the BBC back in March. Part of the appeal to going to Amazon, according to Clarkson was that there would be “no editorial pressure,” however, now the budget for the series has been released, it is easy to see that there could have been another contributing factor.
The trio are currently contracted to – alongside their old BBC producer Andy Wilman – to produce at least 36 episodes over three years, with their yet untitled show.
It has recently been revealed that per episode their Clarkson, Hammond and May project will have £4.5 million to play with. This totals to £160 million for the entire series, which, for context is the same budget that the first Avengers got landed with.
Wilman, following the deal, told Broadcast: “It was very parochial the way this whole thing started, it’s not our forte doing deals. We’re all crap at business.”
Despite this alleged fault Wilman and the team have managed to secure it so that they have complete creative control over the new show, with Clarkson saying in his column for The Sun, that they are in a position to make “what will be a seriously well-funded, British-based show with no commercial breaks and, better still, no editorial pressure from on high.”
The motor-vehicle show will be released weekly on Amazon Prime from Autumn 2016.