Amazon Adds ‘Largest’ Collection of Norman Lear Content to Prime Video and IMDb TV
By Movieguide® Staff
Amazon penned a new deal with Sony Pictures Television and will bring the classic works of producer Norman Lear, like ALL IN THE FAMILY and MAUDE, to Prime Video and the company’s free streaming service IMDb TV.
Other iconic shows included in Lear’s library includes GOOD TIMES, ONE DAY AT A TIME, 227, DIFF’RENT STROKES, THE JEFFERSONS, and SANFORD AND SON.
“Norman Lear is a national treasure and his impact on television and popular culture is immeasurable,” Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said. “We are so honored to bring his classic television series to Prime Video and IMDb TV so new audiences and a new generation can laugh, enjoy and be inspired, like so many of us have been throughout the years.”
The news is part of a new licensing deal between Amazon and Sony Pictures TV, which holds the distribution rights to Lear’s TV catalog (including the shows produced by his shingle, Tandem, and later distributed by his Embassy label). The pact starts with Lear’s signature series “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “Maude” and “One Day at a Time” all launching this Thursday, July 15, on IMDb TV, which is Amazon’s advertiser-supported free streamer.
According to Amazon and Sony, this marks the first time that episodes of “Maude” and all nine seasons of “All in the Family” are legally accessible for viewers to stream. (Until recently, a handful of episodes of “All in the Family” were available on Crackle, the free AVOD service once operated by Sony.)
The other titles will release on IMDb TV with no overlap.
“In 2018, our Act III Productions sat with the team at Sony Pictures Television and formed a partnership to not only produce new content, but to bring a new awareness to my former Embassy library,” Lear, 99, said. “That Sony found a home for that library with Prime Video/IMDb TV where new generations could find it, is the best present a man entering his 100th year can have.”