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Amazon Greenlights Pilot Episodes Of Five New Kids Shows

(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Following the summer debut of its first three kids series, Amazon Studios today announced it has greenlit three animated kids pilots— The Stinky & Dirty Show, Buddy: Tech Detective, Niko and the Sword of Light—and two live-action kids pilots— Table 58 and Just Add Magic—to join a new version of the previously announced Sara Solves It pilot for its third kids pilot season debuting in early 2015 on Amazon Instant Video. The pilots come from a brilliantly talented roster of creative talent including May Chan, Jennifer Hamburg, Rob Hoegee, Guy Toubes, Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco, and Nancy Cohen. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Customers can watch the pilots using the Amazon Instant Video app on Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as well as hundreds of other connected devices such as smart TVs—or customers can visit Amazon.com/AIV to watch online.

Additionally, brand-new episodes of Amazon’s first three children’s programs will debut on Prime Instant Video this Fall: Tumble Leaf on September 5, Creative Galaxy on October 3, and Annedroids on October 30. Tumble Leaf, which won the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival award, features a curious blue fox named “Fig” and his best friend “Stick” on playful adventures.  Creative Galaxy, from acclaimed creator Angela Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, is an interactive art adventure series for preschoolers following “Arty” and “Epiphany” as they travel around the galaxy to solve problems with art, inspiring creative thinking through crafts, music and dance. Annedroids, from Emmy-nominated J.J. Johnson , is a live-action adventure series about “Anne,” a young female scientist, her human friends and their android assistants, and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while undertaking the biggest experiment of them all: growing up.

“We’re very excited to be working with such talented creative minds in kids entertainment to bring these five new pilots to life,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “At Amazon, we’re focused on great characters and storytelling to create engaging programming for children. We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reaction to our first three children’s series that debuted this summer— Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy and Annedroids—and look forward to giving parents more episodes of these beloved shows to enjoy.”

Amazon’s new kids pilots include:

  • Buddy: Tech Detective (for preschool-aged children)Written by Jennifer Hamburg ( Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why, Henry Hugglemonster) , produced by The Foundation, a part of Zodiak Kids, and animated by Jellyfish Animation Limited, Buddy: Tech Detective is an exciting preschool whodunit that follows super-sleuth Buddy, his incredibly organized best friend Trudy, the funny furry ferret Ferdo and you, the smarty-pants viewer! Using a myriad of interactive technologies, Buddy and his team gather evidence, follow cues and crack the case.
  • The Stinky & Dirty Show (for preschool-aged children) The Stinky & Dirty Show, based on the “I Stink!” book series by Jim and Kate McMullan, is written by Guy Toubes ( The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Littlest Pet Shop, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi) and animated by Brown Bag Films, Ltd ( Peter Rabbit, Octonauts, Doc McStuffins) . The Stinky & Dirty Show follows the adventures and mishaps faced by best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader. Whether it’s rescuing their pal Mighty the tugboat, or moving a giant boulder blocking the highway in their town of Go City, Stinky & Dirty are a dynamic duo of resourcefulness who make plenty of mistakes along the way. For them, hilariously failing turns out to be the most fun path to success.
  • Niko and the Sword of Light (for children ages 6-11) Niko and the Sword of Light is based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc., the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3, and Studio NX ( The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom). Written by Rob Hoegee ( Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) and animated by Titmouse ( Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST, Randy Cunningham: 9 th Grade Ninja), Niko and the Sword of Light follows ten-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Tom Kenny ( SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jim Cummings ( Shrek) lend their vocal talent.
  • Table 58 (for children ages 6-11)Written by May Chan ( Phineas & Ferb, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures), Table 58 is a single-camera live-action pilot directed by Gil Junger ( 10 Things I Hate About You, Greek). In Table 58, they’re not a part of the popular crowd, and they’re not a part of the geek crowd. The only thing they’re a part of is Table 58: the odd table in the lunchroom, made up of kids from all different cliques who have been ousted from the table where they seemingly belong. When new kid Logan moves to town, he rallies the group of six mismatched middle schoolers to form a tenuous partnership in order to help each other get back to their rightful place in the cafeteria.
  • Just Add Magic (for children ages 6-11)Based on Cindy Callaghan’s young adult book of the same name and adapted by Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco ( Sullivan & Son, Fairly Odd Parents, My Little Pony) and Nancy Cohen ( Sabrina, The Thundermans), Just Add Magic is a single-camera live-action pilot directed by Joe Nussbaum (George Lucas in Love, Awkward). The story centers on Kelly Quinn and her two BFF’s, Darbie and Hannah, who stumble upon her grandmother’s mysterious cookbook in the attic and discover it has some interesting recipes. The Shut’em Up Shortcake actually silences Kelly’s pesky little brother and when the Healing Hazelnut Tart quickly heals Darbie’s ankle, the girls discover they have the power of magic.

About Amazon Studios

Last year Amazon Studios launched its first two prime time series,  Alpha House and  Betas, and recently debuted its first three children’s series, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Award-winning  Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment, as well as  Creative Galaxy from Angela Santomero, the creator of  Blue’s Clues, and Annedroids, from Emmy nominated Sinking Ship Entertainment. Amazon Studios recently announced six additional, original series including Chris Carter’s  The After; Michael Connelly’s  Bosch; Jill Soloway’s  TransparentMozart in the Jungle from Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman;  Wishenpoof! from Angela Santomero; and  Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street from David Anaxagoras,  as well as a second season of  Alpha House.  Upcoming pilots include The Cosmopolitans, Hand of God, Red Oaks, Hysteria, and Really. Amazon Original Series are available exclusively to Prime members through Prime Instant Video.

Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script and Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions. Those who choose to make their projects public will also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.

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