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Amazon Studios greenlights three new kids series, special

Amazon has ordered three new original kids series, Dino Dana, The Kicks and Lost in Oz, as well as half-hour special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas, to debut on its Prime Video platform.
November 6, 2015

Amazon has ordered three new original kids series, Dino Dana, The Kicks and Lost in Oz, as well as half-hour special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, to debut on its Prime Video platform.

All three series targeting kids six to 11 will be made available for Prime members in the US, UK, Germany and Austria in 2016, while Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas is slated to make its worldwide debut on Prime in the US on November 13.

Created and directed by J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan, Annedroids  ), Dino Dana is a follow-up to the 2015 Emmy award-winning series Dino Dan. Produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment partners J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers and Matthew Bishop, co-executive produced by Christin Simms (Dino Dan) and written by Johnson and Simms, the preschools series will feature 16 new prehistoric creatures, an adopted baby dino and two sisters.

Live actioner The Kicks, stars a young female soccer star who is uprooted to California midway through the school year and has to rise to the challenge after finding out her new team has been on a lengthy losing streak. Based on a book series by US Olympic gold medalist and current US Women’s National Team soccer player Alex Morgan, the project is executive produced by Full Fathom Five’s novelist James Frey (I Am Number Four) and Todd Cohen (Lumen), as well as Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle).

Rounding out the trio of new series is animated action-adventure comedy, Lost in Oz. The series is set in the modern metropolitan Emerald City, where 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends the street-smart witch West and giant munchkin Ojo. Along with Dorothy’s dog Toto, the group sets out on an epic journey to help her get back to Kansas. Lost in Oz is developed and produced by Bureau of Magic’s Mark Warshaw, Darin Mark, Jared Mark, and Abram Makowka (East Los High, Smallville).

Finally, in Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, Shaun accompanies the Farmer and Bitzer to a country fair, where he cleverly convinces the Farmer to buy three exotic llamas. However, Shaun soon find outs his new roomates are a bit too cozy in their new home, and he’s eventually forced to oust the intruders and save the farm.

The Aardman Animations special is written by Lee Pressman (Peter Rabbit), Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep) and Nick Vincent Murphy (Moone Boy), directed by Jay Grace (Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts) and produced by Paul Kewley and John Woolley (Shaun the Sheep).

 

About The Author
Patrick Callan is a senior writer at Kidscreen. He reports on the licensing and consumer products side of the global children's entertainment industry via daily news coverage and in-depth features. Contact Patrick at pcallan@brunico.com.

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