Prime Instant Video Greenlights Six Original Series Pilots for Production

  Prime Instant Video Greenlights Six Original Series Pilots for Production

   Original series created by a mix of Emmy-winning writers, Academy Award
 nominees, TV stars, as well as newcomers discovered through Amazon Studios’
                        open-door development process

 Amazon Instant Video will host pilot episodes—and viewer response will help
            determine which series go into full-season production

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- December 20, 2012

(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of, today announced that it plans to produce pilots for six original
comedy series. The series come from a diverse set of writers including
newcomers to Hollywood and industry veterans with notable credits and awards.
This marks the studios’ first pilot production since expanding into original
programming development earlier this year.

Once the six pilots are completed, they will be posted on Amazon Instant Video
for Amazon customers to watch for free. Viewer feedback will help determine
which series Amazon Studios should produce. Completed seasons will be
exclusively available to Prime members through Prime Instant Video and
LOVEFiLM in the UK for free.

“Since launching our original series development effort, we have received more
than 2,000 series ideas from creators around the world with all different
backgrounds, and we are extremely excited to begin production on our very
first set of pilots,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “The six
comedy pilots will begin production shortly, and once they are complete, we
plan to post the pilots on Amazon Instant Video for feedback. We want Amazon
customers to help us decide which original series we should produce.”

"Amazon has been so innovative and successful in so many realms, it's
impossible not to get excited about its new venture into online programming.
We look forward to partnering with Amazon's creative team, making a great
show, and as the holidays approach, receiving free two-day shipping for the
entire cast and crew,” said Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, writer of comedy
series Alpha House.

Comedy pilots:

Alpha House

Alpha House was written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner
Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury, Tanner ’88). Alpha House follows four senators who
live together in a rented house in Washington DC.


Written by 12-time Emmy-winning comedy writer David Javerbaum (The Daily Show)
and to be directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock), Browsers is a musical comedy set
in contemporary Manhattan that follows four young people as they start their
first jobs at a news website.

Dark Minions

Written by Big Bang Theory co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie, Dark
Minions is an animated workplace series about two slackers just trying to make
a paycheck working an intergalactic warship. The pilot will be produced by
Principato-Young (Reno 911).

The Onion Presents: The News

The Onion Presents: The News is a smart, fast-paced scripted comedy set behind
the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will
go to stay at the top of their game. The Onion Presents: The News is from The
Onion’s Will Graham & Dan Mirk (The Onion News Network, The Onion Sportsdome).


Supanatural is an animated comedy series about two outspoken divas who are
humanity's last line of defense against the supernatural, when they're not
working at the mall. The series, written by Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and
Ryan Sandoval, will be produced by Jason Micallef (Butter) and Kristen Schaal
(The Daily Show).

Those Who Can’t

Written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland and Benjamin Roy (Grawlix),
who were discovered through Amazon Studios online open door process, Those Who
Can’t is a comedy about three juvenile, misfit teachers who are just as
immature, if not more so, than the students they teach.

About Amazon Studios

Since its launch in November 2010, more than 12,000 movie scripts and 2,000
series pilot scripts have been submitted to Amazon Studios. The original
series announced today will be added to the Amazon Studios series development
slate, which currently boasts 14 additional projects that have been both
submitted through the studios’ website and optioned for development.

Amazon Studios continues to invite series creators to upload their proposals
for comedy and children’s programming at or submit them privately via
Amazon Studios.

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