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Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios is's division that develops comics, movies and television shows from online submissions and crowd-sourced feedback.[1] It was started in late 2010.[1] Content would be distributed through Amazon Instant Video, Amazon’s digital video streaming service, and a competitor to services like Netflix and Hulu.[2] For film, Warner Bros. is a partner.[3]


  • Film and television 1
  • Comics 2
  • Television pilots 3
    • 1st pilot season (April 19, 2013) 3.1
    • 2nd pilot season (February 6, 2014) 3.2
    • 3rd pilot season (August 28, 2014) 3.3
    • 4th pilot season (November 11, 2014) 3.4
  • Original Programming 4
    • Series 4.1
  • Upcoming original programming 5
    • Series 5.1
    • Renewed Series 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Film and television

Scripts for television and film are submitted through the web.[4] They are reviewed and rated by other readers in a crowd-source fashion, and/or by Amazon staff.[4] Scripts may be submitted with the option to allow other people to modify them.[5] In addition there is a separate submission method for professional writers (Writers Guild of America members) with separate rules.[5]

Amazon has 45 days to choose a submitted script. If a project is chosen for development the writer receives $10,000.[4] If a developed script is selected for distribution as a full-budget movie, the creator gets $200,000; if it is selected for distribution as a full-budget series, the creator gets $55,000 as well as "up to 5 percent of Amazon’s net receipts from toy and t-shirt licensing, and other royalties and bonuses." [6]

Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012,[1] and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013.[7] 23 films and 26 television series were in active development but none had reached the production stage (1 March 2013).[1][4]


Amazon Studio's first comic was Blackburn Burrow released in 2012 as a free download.[1] It contained a survey allowing Amazon to collect feedback to determine if it was worthwhile to make the comic into a film.[1] The survey was incentivized with a gift certificate.[1]

Television pilots

1st pilot season (April 19, 2013)


  • Alpha House
  • Betas
  • Annedroids
  • Creative Galaxy
  • Tumbleaf


  • Browsers
  • Those Who Can't
  • Onion News Empire
  • Dark Minions
  • Supanatural
  • Zombieland
  • Teeny Tiny Dogs
  • Sara Solves It
  • Positively Ozitively

2nd pilot season (February 6, 2014)


  • Bosch
  • The After
  • Transparent
  • Mozart In the Jungle
  • Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
  • Wishenpoof!


  • The Rebels
  • Maker Shack Agency
  • The Jo B. & G. Raff Show
  • Hardboiled Eggheads

3rd pilot season (August 28, 2014)



4th pilot season (November 11, 2014)

  • The New York Presents
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Cocked
  • Down Dog
  • Mad Dogs
  • Salem Rogers
  • Point of Honor

Original Programming


Title Genre Premiere Seasons Ref(s)
Alpha House Comedy November 15, 2013 2 Season, 21 ep.
Betas Comedy November 22, 2013 1 Season, 11 ep.
Tumbleaf Animation 02009May 23, 2014 1 Season, 6 ep.
Creative Galaxy Animation 02009June 27, 2014 1 Season, 6 ep.
Annedroids Family 02009July 25, 2014 2 Season, 26 ep.
Transparent Comedy September 26, 2014 1 Season, 10 ep.
Ripper Street (season 3) Drama-Mystery November 14, 2014 1 Season, 2 ep.

Upcoming original programming


Title Genre Premiere Ref(s)
Mozart in the Jungle Comedy 02009December 2014
Bosch Drama 02009Early 2015
The After Drama 02009Early 2015
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street Family 02009TBA
Wishenpoof! Animation 02009TBA
Hand Of God Drama 02009TBA
Red Oaks Comedy 02009TBA

Renewed Series

Title Genre Premiere Ref(s)
Transparent Season 2 Comedy 02009TBA


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ben Fritz (September 12, 2012). "Amazon Studios going into comics".  
  2. ^ Sarah Perez (May 2, 2012). "Amazon Studios Now Funding Original Content Series For Amazon Instant Video Service". Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Andrew Wallenstein (May 2, 2012). "Amazon Studios opens door to TV: Net retailer calls for submissions of comedy, kidvid pilot scripts".  
  4. ^ a b c d Edward Moyer (June 23, 2012). "Amazon's 'Studios' effort picks first TV shows to develop". C-NET. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Chip Street (June 1, 2012). "Amazon Studios New (Old) Deal for Screenplay Options". Chip Street. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kelly West (May 2, 2012). "Amazon Studios Invites TV Writers To Submit Comedy And Children's Series Ideas". Television Blend. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Vanderbilt, Tom (2013-03-28). "The Nielsen Family Is Dead". Retrieved 2013-04-20. 

External links

  • Amazon Studios, official website.
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