Prime Video UK is but to resolve on the way forward for doc sequence Clarkson’s Farm following the furor over Jeremy Clarkson’s incendiary column about Meghan Markle earlier this yr.
There was a lot hypothesis Amazon’s streaming service won’t renew the favored present after the backlash towards Clarkson’s column, which turned UK press regulator IPSO’s most complained about article of all time, however execs right now have stated a choice hasn’t but been made.
Within the piece, Clarkson wrote Markle must be “made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds throw lumps of excrement at her.”
Quizzed about the way forward for the Expectation-produced present throughout a Prime Video commissioner session right now on the Edinburgh TV Competition, Head of UK Unscripted Fozia Khan stated Prime Video had been “shocked and disappointed” by the column.
Prime Video UK Head of Originals Dan Grabiner confirmed manufacturing on Season 3 had continued whereas discussions about its future proceed.
“There are lots of discussions going on but the thing that’s important to say is there is so much more going on to the show than Clarkson,” added Khan.
Regardless of the controversy, Clarkson’s Farm season 2 in February turned Prime Video’s greatest UK unique, since rankings physique Barb started monitoring the streamer’s reveals. Selection reported in January that the present might be dropped in 2024, although Prime Movies stated this isn’t confirmed.
“No decisions have been made,” stated Grabiner. “It’s a very complex topic but we are not interrupting production of the current season.”
He continued: “I can’t tell you what a phenomenon this show is and the impact it’s had on the agricultural community. We get messages from farmers around the world who just love the show, saying they’ve never really seen their world reflected properly on screen before. It’s a hell of a lot bigger than Jeremy Clarkson.”
Session host Scott Bryan countered: “The show is called Clarkson’s Farm” to chuckles from the viewers and the Amazon execs.
‘Nothing Beats A Commission’
Earlier within the session, Grabiner addressed the commissioning slowdown within the UK, which has been one of many massive speaking factors of this yr’s Edinburgh. Opposite to among the nation’s networks, he stated Prime Video has been increasing its slate.
“We’re growing out slate and commissioning more than ever, which might be an usual thing to hear at this festival where the market is so very challenged,” he stated. “We don’t have an enormous slate and have by no means been within the enterprise of commissioning tons of of reveals, so we proceed to speculate increasingly every year.
“We are equally very conscious of the struggles of the wider market. The best thing we can do is commission shows. Freelancers want to work on shows, we want to buy them and make them and big teams doing their thing; using the skills this market is so famous for.”
Grabiner added Prime Video has been investing extra in coaching and up-skilling, to assist freelancers and crew attain new work. It just lately launched Prime Video Pathway, a £10M ($13M) coaching initiative. “A big problem is people getting stuck in the industry and hitting a ceiling and that’s what the Pathway is about – helping people navigate through,” he added. “But nothing beats a commission.”
With regards to commissions, Prime Video has launched a never-seen-before picture of disgraced former journalist Mazher Mahmood forward of the streamer’s UK unique doc sequence The Pretend Sheikh, which launches on September 26 around the globe.
The sequence, from BBC Studios-owned Voltage TV, options a number of individuals who have been stung by Mahmood, who would entice targets by dressing as an Arab sheikh. They embrace Emma Morgan and mannequin Jodie Kidd, who supplies an unique interview and describes for the primary time about what occurred to her and the way it impacted her.