MOTORTREND AND BBC STUDIOS ANNOUNCE THE COPRODUCTION OF A BRAND-NEW U.S. FORMAT OF “TOP GEAR AMERICA” (wt) SERIES, AND MOTORTREND WILL BE STREAMING “TOP GEAR UK” IN THE U.S. AND CANADA!
The All New TOP GEAR AMERICA (wt) Will Premiere Exclusively on MotorTrend’s SVOD Service, the MotorTrend App, This Fall
The MotorTrend App Will Have the Complete Collection of 200+ Classic TOP GEAR UK Episodes, and MotorTrend Will Produce 60+ Exclusive, Fan Favorite Compilations
(New York) – Today, MotorTrend Group and BBC Studios announced a multi-year agreement that ushers in a new era in the storied history of the world’s biggest motoring entertainment show TOP GEAR. Under the agreement, the MotorTrend App will have the complete collection of classic TOP GEAR in the U.S. and Canada, with more than 200 episodes and specials, available for streaming, plus a commitment to future seasons. MotorTrend will also be the exclusive home to more than 60 fan favorite compilations over the life of the agreement. The deal also includes an all new U.S. format of TOP GEAR AMERICA (wt) original series to be coproduced by MotorTrend Group and BBC Studios.
“MotorTrend’s heart is with motoring fans and car enthusiasts everywhere. We’re thrilled to embrace one of our favorite shows and give audiences unprecedented access to hundreds of hours of TOP GEAR UK, while also adding some uniquely MotorTrend touches to the franchise,” said Alex Wellen, global president and general manager of MotorTrend Group. “TOP GEAR’s brand, stories, and personalities are a natural fit for MotorTrend as we continue our mission to embrace, entertain and empower the motoring world.”
“The MotorTrend audience will soon get to enjoy the entertainment that TOP GEAR has been delivering to the world for decades. From amazing cars, to epic road trips and hysterical antics, viewers will get lost in their favorite mix of entertainment, comedy and cars,” states Matt Forde, Managing Director of International Production & Formats, BBC Studios. “We look forward to working with the MotorTrend team to bring the new U.S. version to new and returning fans.”
The entire available TOP GEAR UK catalog, seasons 2 – 25, will debut on the MotorTrend App, MotorTrend Group’s SVOD service, in the U.S. and Canada beginning Tuesday, June 4. MotorTrend is celebrating the momentous event by debuting several select TOP GEAR UK library episodes on MotorTrend TV in the U.S. on Saturday, June 1, Sunday, June 2 and Monday, June 3 during primetime from 8-11 PM ET/PT. The all new U.S. format of TOP GEAR AMERICA (wt) is slated to begin production early this summer and make its premiere on the MotorTrend App this Fall. This digital-first series will deliver a fresh, uniquely American take on the classic TOP GEAR format, following a brand-new trio of hosts and their car crazy adventures at home and abroad.
TOP GEAR is the world’s biggest motoring entertainment show, for almost two decades, with an estimated audience of 350 million people. Since 2002, across more than 25 seasons, the series has thrilled viewers globally with its unique blend of entertainment, humor and car knowledge. TOP GEAR is a fast-paced and stunt-filled automotive show that tests whether cars, both mundane and extraordinary, live up to their manufacturers’ claims. The long running series travels to locations around the world, performing extreme and often utterly pointless stunts and challenges to see what the featured cars can do. Celebrities including Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Will Smith have all appeared on the show, as a regular segment, where they set a lap time on the famous TOP GEAR track in an ordinary, everyday car. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hosted TOP GEAR for more than a decade before giving way to a new crew in 2016, including actor Matt LeBlanc and automotive journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid. (MotorTrend)
FREEFORM PICKS UP ‘PARTY OF FIVE’ TO SERIES WITH 10 EPISODE ORDER
In advance of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour session tomorrow, Freeform announces the pickup to series of the reboot of fan-favorite “Party of Five” from the original creators, Amy Lippman and Chris Keyser. From Sony Pictures Television, the one-hour drama will follow the five Acosta children (fka Buendia) as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico. The series stars Brandon Larracuente as Emilio, Emily Tosta as Lucia, Niko Guardado as Beto and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina. The pilot was co-written by Lippman, Keyser and newcomer Michal Zebede.
“‘Party of Five’ embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be a family in the most trying of times. We’re so lucky that Freeform gets to be the home for this reimagined story, as we continue to represent the resilience of young adults and the importance of fighting for your voice in times of doubt,” said Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform. “We are thrilled to be able to share the groundbreaking storytelling from Amy and Chris with a new audience, and are excited for our viewers to discover the beauty of this series.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring ‘Party of Five’ to another generation of fans. Amy, Chris and Michal’s distinct voice makes this series incredibly relatable and authentic. We are truly proud to be part of this journey,” said Jeff Frost, president, Sony Pictures Television and co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter.
“Party of Five” is created by Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who also serve as executive producers and writers. Rodrigo Garcia also serves as executive producer and directed the pilot. Michal Zebede serves as co-executive producer and writer.