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Amazon expands programming deal with NBC

Hannibal1Amazon has agreed a wider programming deal with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution, giving it a great range of the studio’s TV drama titles on its Prime streaming service.

The new agreement gives Amazon exclusive streaming rights to network series Grimm as well as USA Networks legal drama Suits and spy thriller Covert Affairs.

It has also picked up Gaumont International TV’s Hannibal (pictured above), which is currently airing on NBC. It will be available later this year. High rating Syfy series Defiance is also covered and will be available to stream from next year.

NBC-distributed catalogue titles Smash, Alphas, Warehouse 13 are also included in the deal, as are kids series Curious George and Land Before Time.

Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon said: “Compelling shows like Covert Affairs, Defiance, Grimm, Hannibal and Suits are big wins for our customers and we look forward to adding more titles soon.”

Separately, Amazon has passed on Zombieland and Browsers and the pilots will not go to series, according to Deadline. The streaming service has launched a range of pilots and is gauging customer response ahead of deciding which to greenlight. Decisions on what will go forward are understood to be close.