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Prime Instant Video Greenlights Original Children’s Pilot Maker Shack Agency

(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, today announced that it is greenlighting a pilot for the original children’s series Maker Shack Agency, produced by Electus Studios ( The Hero, Killer Women, and Get Out Alive).

Maker Shack Agency follows the exploits of 13-year-old inventor Angus Wolfe, aka “Wolfie,” and his two best friends and fellow “makers,” Jo and Merle, in the hardscrabble town of Akron, Ohio. These three teenage thinkers and tinkerers use all the branches of science and personal ingenuity to solve their client’s problems by making a new invention every episode. Together, they make people’s lives better by coming up with science and technology-inspired inventions for their various problems.

“We are incredibly excited for our first initiative with Amazon and we look forward to inspiring the next generation of makers,” said Drew Buckley, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Digital for Electus. “With Maker Shack Agency, we hope to inspire kids to think about new and different ways to solve life’s problems and to never be afraid of failure—as Wolfie always says, ‘Fail Forward.’”

The production crew from Maker Shack Agency will team up with research and development company, Applied Minds, and their scientists, engineers and programmers to design exciting gadgets that will be featured in the show to inspire a new generation of inventors.

Just last month, Amazon Studios announced five new kids pilots including Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, Hard-Boiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, and Wishenpoof! The pilots will be available on Amazon Instant Video in early next year for all customers to watch and provide feedback.

Amazon Studios’ first set of pilots launched in April of 2013 with eight comedy pilots and six kids pilots. Of the 14 pilots, Alpha House, Betas, Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumble Leaf were chosen, with the help of customer feedback, to be produced as series. The shows will stream on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.

About Amazon Studios

Since its launch in November 2010, more than 18,000 movie scripts and 4,000 series projects have been submitted to Amazon Studios. There are currently 26 movies and 24 series on the development slate and in the process of being tested with audiences.

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