Amazon Studios

As of today, hopeful show creators of comedies and children’s shows can submit their proposals to Amazon Studios.

First hinted at back in February thanks to some job listings on Amazon for content creative executives, it was pretty obvious that the site best known for its monolithic ecommerce brand was going to get into original content.  In a press release issued this morning, Amazon threw open the doors to its Amazon Studios site to those who would like to pitch ideas for original comedies and children’s shows.

Hopefuls will need to submit a five-page description of the series along with a pilot script – 22 minute format for comedies, and 11 minutes for children’s programming – and videos are optional, but welcome.  Within the next 45 days Amazon will make a decision that will see you either receive an option for $10,000 or the ability to list your submission on the site for others to possibly pick up.

Should you be lucky enough to be chosen for full development you will receive $55,000 along with five percent of revenues from merchandising and bonuses.

Amazon Studios has already had some success in pairing creators up with producers for films, but this is the first instance of the company looking to develop content for itself.  Should all of this go as planned, Amazon Prime Instant Videos will join the likes of Netflix and Hulu in offering original programming.


Amazon Studios to Develop Original Comedy and Children’s Series for Amazon Instant Video

Writers, animators and filmmakers around the world are now invited to submit comedic and children’s series proposals

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 2, 2012– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—, Inc. today announced that Amazon Studios is expanding its development efforts into comedy and children’s series. Amazon Studios is Amazon’s content development division that uses audience feedback to identify great, original entertainment customers will love. Starting today, series creators are invited to upload their proposals for comedy and children’s programming to Amazon Studios at The best comedy and children’s series will be distributed throughAmazon Instant Video, Amazon’s digital video streaming service.

“Amazon Studios wants to discover great talent and produce programming that audiences will love,” saidRoy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “In the course of developing movies, we’ve heard a lot of interest from content creators who want to develop original series in the comedy and children’s genres. We are excited to bring writers, animators and directors this new opportunity to develop original series.”

Each month, Amazon Studios intends to option one promising new project and add it to the development slate where it will be tested for viability with an audience. If Amazon Studios elects to distribute a full-budget series, the creator will receive a$55,000payment, up to 5 percent of Amazon’s net receipts from toy and t-shirt licensing, and other royalties and bonuses. Amazon Studios’ production company, the People’sProduction Company, is signatory to the Writers Guild of America and to The Animation Guild, Local 839.

To submit, a project must have a five-page description, along with a 22-minute pilot script for comedies, or an 11-minute pilot script for children’s shows. Within 45 days of submission, Amazon Studios will either extend an option on the project for$10,000or invite the creator to add the project to the Amazon Studios site. If a project is not optioned, creators may remove their idea from the Amazon Studios site or leave it to get community feedback.

Amazon Studios new series development is led by Joe Lewis, previously with 20th Century Fox andComedy Central, andTara Sorensen, formerly with National Geographic Kids.

Amazon Studios launched in November 2010. Since then, more than 700 test movies and 7,000 scripts have been submitted and 15 movie projects are currently under development. For more information about Amazon Studios, visit Follow the Amazon Studios blog, Hollywonk ( for up-to-date news, tips on filmmaking and writing or insightful interviews with industry leaders.

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