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Virgin Media inks deal with Amazon to make sci-fi series

Virgin Media inks deal with Amazon to make sci-fi series
Lennie James and Andrew Lincoln in "The Walking Dead."
(Photograph: Gene Page/AP)

Virgin Media has finalized a deal with Amazon for an upcoming 10-part sci-fi series titled “The Feed.”

The plotline is set in London and has been written by the writer of “The Walking Dead.” The show will run on an approximate budget of $40 million.

The two companies will co-fund the sci-fi series from a writer of the hit TV show “The Walking Dead.”

“The Feed,” a 10-part series, shows a future London, not far ahead though. The shooting has been planned to take place in Manchester. The plot of the series is based on a book written by the first-time author Nick Clark Windo. The plot follows the dystopian trend of all its sci-fi predecessors. The tale is of a society that has made an implant mandatory for nearly all its member but some. This implant allows memories, emotions and information to be shared that eventually go horribly wrong.

Virgin Media shared that it was the necessary first step which they have finally taken to work with Amazon, which like Netflix is considered to be a threat to the traditional TV. But going against popular notion, Virgin Media has decided that they need to see the tech companies as “partners not predators.” David Bouchier, the chief digital entertainment officer of Virgin Media, explains, “Some commentators have said the likes of Amazon are rivals to TV businesses like ours, but we do not think that’s the case. As this commission shows, we view the likes of Amazon as partners not predators and we are looking forward to working closely with them.”

Virgin Media will assure exclusive rights of the show in the UK, while its parent Liberty Global will assure the rights in 10 other European markets. Amazons Prime Video service will secure the rights of the US, Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean markets, as reported by The Guardian.