(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Seduction in the symphony…murder in the first degree…magic and ingenuity. Starting today, these are just a few of the stories viewers will be thrown into with 10 new pilots launching exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. and LOVEFiLM in the UK.
Following a successful first pilot season that resulted in the critically-acclaimed Garry Trudeau series Alpha House—along with popular tech comedy Betas and the soon to premiere kids series Creative Galaxy, Tumble Leaf and Annedroids—Amazon Studios today debuted a mix of comedy, drama and kids original pilots—all available for free. Customers are encouraged to watch and provide feedback on the pilots to help determine which shows should be made into series.
New to the pilot lineup this year are two hour-long drama pilots from notable creators Chris Carter ( The X-Files), Eric Overmyer ( The Wire, Treme) and Michael Connelly ( Harry Bosch). Half-hour comedy pilots were created by Oscar nominated Roman Coppola ( Moonrise Kingdom), actor and musician Jason Schwartzman ( Saving Mr. Banks), Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers, Oscar nominated Paul Weitz, Emmy nominated Jill Soloway ( Six Feet Under), and executive producers Ice Cube and Michael Strahan. The diverse lineup features stars such as Gael Garcia Bernal, Golden Globe nominee Malcom McDowell, and Emmy nominated Jeffrey Tambor.
Kids shows come from award winning creators Duane Capizzi ( Transformers Prime), Josh Selig ( Wonder Pets), Angela Santomero ( Blue’s Clues), Arland DiGirolamo ( Sketchy) & Geoff Barbanell ( Kickin’ It) as well as David Anaxagoras, discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. These pilots include pre-school shows, and new this year, shows for kids ages 6-11.“With our previous set of pilots,customers submitted thousands of reviews within the first few days and more than 80 percent of those reviews were 4 and 5 stars,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “We collaborated with some of the very best creators in Hollywood—and even some new comers that submitted their show through our open door process—to bring customers a wide array of top-quality shows. This season we have something for everyone with a mix of comedy, drama and kids programming—we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”