Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May had set up their own TV company, W Chump & Sons, following the signing of a three-year contract with Amazon reportedly amounting to £160 million. The newly established TV firm of former Top Gear hotshots has earned more than £8 million in profit after the first season production of The Grand Tour went online.
A total of £8.39 million (or £6.7 million after tax) was made between November 2015 and towards the end of 2016 based on the filed accounts. This only proves that The Grand Tour founders have enticed many viewers to sign up for Amazon Prime’s streaming service with a subscription rate of £79 a year. The first series, which has 13 episodes, has broken the viewership records on Amazon Prime from November to February.
It can be recalled that Clarkson left BBC in 2015 after an altercation with Oisin Tymon over the lack of hot food on the set. His co-presenters, Hammond and May had also quit Top Gear soon after Clarkson left the network.
Currently filming the second instalment of The Grand Tour, the trio had also released several early teasers of the all-new episodes. The show hit the headlines only recently after Hammond got involved in two separate accidents during the shoot. The first accident involves a motorbike in which Hammond reportedly fell off while shooting in Mozambique last March. It was then followed by a more horrific accident in Switzerland while filming another episode on board a Rimac Concept One electric supercar last June.
Pictures show there was practically nothing left after the car was set ablaze. The gravity of the situation has even left his co-producers stunned as to how Hammond managed to survive--- though it wasn’t his first time to experience such a horrible crash. To those who can recall, Hammond was severely injured while working for Top Gear in 2006.
W Chump & Sons has about 20 employees not including the directors, which means the producers alone should probably get more than £2 million for the entire first season. Aside from this, the staff gets to earn £3.3 million in total or approximately £118,000 each. At any rate, the company said that the directors are pleased with the year end results and will go on pursuing business opportunities as they come along. In the same way, they will continue to focus on quality programming while making sure the company expenditures are handled really well.