Prime Instant Video Greenlights Its First Children’s Pilots for Production

  Prime Instant Video Greenlights Its First Children’s Pilots for Production

   New pilots include Creative Galaxy from Angela Santomero, the creator of
                                 Blue’s Clues

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

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- January 31, 2013

(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of, announced today that five children’s test pilots have been
greenlit for production. This announcement comes on the heels of the first
pilot production commitment in December, which greenlit six comedy pilots,
bringing the total number of Amazon Studios pilots currently in production to

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 feedback will help determine which series Amazon Studios
should produce.

“Production is already underway for the first set of comedy pilots we
announced last month, and now we are excited to add even more pilots to the
list—five amazing preschool children’s series,” said Roy Price, Director of
Amazon Studios. “Our children’s series come from industry luminaries with
credits such as Blue’s Clues, Sid the Science Kid and Dino Dan. We think
parents—and our very youngest customers—are going to love the magical
combination of entertainment and learning that they’ll discover in these
children’s series.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Amazon Studios on our pilot and can’t wait
to soar into a creative arts curriculum with Creative Galaxy,” said Angela C.
Santomero (Blue’s Clues), creator and executive producer of the debut series,
which is one of five children’s series to receive a pilot order. “We know that
art can have a powerfully positive effect on children, and through our proven
signature approach to preschool television, we will actively help young
viewers learn how to think creatively in their own lives. Working with Amazon
Studios has been fantastic, and we look forward to jumping into the production

Children’s pilots include:

Creative Galaxy

Creative Galaxy is an animated interactive art adventure series, designed to
inspire kids’ creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance. The
series was created by Angela Santomero, creator of Super Why!, the
Emmy-nominated literacy series, Blue’s Clues and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Oz Adventures

In this innovative problem solving series, Dot, Dorothy’s daughter, goes off
to Oz everyday with the children of the beloved characters from L. Frank
Baum’s classic book, The Wizard of Oz. In each episode, the yellow brick road
leads Dot to a new magical location where she solves problems alongside her Oz

Teeny Tiny Dogs

Produced by The Jim Henson Company (Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train) and
created by Howard Baker (Rugrats), Teeny Tiny Dogs follows Butch, Butterfly,
Dinky and Polly as they help one another navigate the big world despite their
teeny, tiny, small size. This series promotes happiness through friendship,
learning, growing and developing a strong sense of self as seen through the
eyes of canine friends.


Tumbleafwas created by Drew Hodges and Bix Pix Studios, an award-winning stop
motion studio.The series, aimed at preschoolers, is set in a whimsical land
where a small blue fox named Fig plays each day and discovers adventure,
friendship and love around every bend in the path. Children will be enriched
by narratives that promote play through exploration and cognitive reasoning.

The Untitled J.J. Johnson Project

The Untitled J.J. Johnson Project revolves around Anne, a young scientist, who
creates three robot helpers to assist her scientific experiments in the back
of her dad’s junkyard. This science-based series from creator J.J. Johnson
(Dino Dan, This is Emily Yeung) aims to introduce kids to science and
technology in a fun, new way.

These five new pilots join the six comedy pilots already in production: Alpha
House, Browsers, Dark Minions, The Onion Presents: The News, Supanatural and
Those Who Can’t.

About Amazon Studios

Since its launch in November 2010, more than 14,000 movie scripts and 2,500
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 20 additional projects.

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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