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Amazon Studios greenlights five preschool pilots


Amazon’s original content production business Amazon Studios is making it clear that children’s content counts. The Studio has greenlit five pilot preschool series that hail from such creators as J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan) and Angela Santomero (Super Why!)

The pilots include the animated interactive art series Creative Galaxy from Blue’s Clues and Super Why! creator Angela Santomero; Oz Adventures, a take on the classic Wizard of Oz tale; The Jim Henson Company and Howard Baker’s Teeny Tiny Dogs; Tumbleaf from Drew Hodges and Bix Pix Studios; and The Untitled J.J. Johnson Project, a science-based series from the creator of Dino Dan. (Then latter was originally dubbed Anne’s Droids; Kidscreen named it as a Cool New Show  in development in 2011).

The orders bring the total number of Amazon Studios pilots currently in production to 11 (six adult comedy pilots were commissioned in December). Once completed, all 11 pilots will be posted on Amazon Instant Video, Prime Instant Video, Lovefilm UK and Lovefilm Germany for Amazon customers to watch for free. Viewer response will help determine which shows will go into full production.

Since its inception in November 2010, Amazon Studios has received more than 14,000 movie scripts and 2,500 series pilot scripts.

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  • Ding Dong

    Hm. I viewed Amazon Studios as a way for individuals and smaller content producers to have their work seriously considered and possibly made but it seems big companies with lots of money and clout are coming in to squash the competition. How naive of me.

  • DC

    I considered Amazon Studios, but after looking over their agreements, I opted against it. The reasons why begin here:

  • batteryPOP

    You should check out Similar concept in that kids’ feedback determines which shows come back for more, but batteryPOP is entirely creator driven, so the emphasis will be on independent producers and animators.


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