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Amazon Prime Video Greenlights Five Children’s Series Pilots

31 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Shows include series from “Blue’s Clues” creator and The Jim Henson Company

Amazon Studios Jan. 31 said it has approved production of pilot episodes to five series earmarked for children, including a new show from the creator of the popular “Blue’s Clues” series.

Seattle-based Amazon, which last month approved pilots to six adult comedies, said all 11 pilots would be posted on Amazon Instant Video, Prime Instant Video, LoveFilm UK and LoveFilm Germany for consumers to watch for free. Viewer feedback will help determine which series Amazon Studios puts into production.

The programming follows a trend among subscription video-on-demand services bowing original programming in order to lure and retain members similar to what HBO, Showtime, Starz Entertainment and AMC Networks have done.

“Our children’s series come from industry luminaries with credits such as 'Blue’s Clues,' 'Sid the Science Kid' and 'Dino Dan.' We think parents — and our very youngest customers — are going to love the magical combination of entertainment and learning that they’ll discover in these children’s series,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios.

Children’s programming includes, “Creative Galaxy,” an animated interactive art adventure series designed to inspire kids’ creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance. The series was created by Angela Santomero, creator of “Super Why!,” Emmy-nominated literacy series “Blue’s Clues” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

Other pilots include, “Oz Adventures,” a problem-solving series featuring Dot, Dorothy’s daughter, who goes off to Oz and deals with characters from L. Frank Baum’s novel, “The Wizard of Oz.”

“Teeny Tiny Dogs” is produced by The Jim Henson Company and created by Howard Baker (“Rugrats”), follows Butch, Butterfly, Dinky and Polly as they help one another navigate the big world despite their small size.

“Tumbleaf” is aimed at preschoolers and set in a whimsical land where a small blue fox named Fig plays each day and discovers adventure, friendship and love around every bend in the path.

“The Untitled J.J. Johnson Project” revolves around Anne, a young scientist who creates three robot helpers to assist her scientific experiments in the back of her dad’s junkyard. This science-based series from creator J.J. Johnson (“Dino Dan,” “This Is Emily Yeung”) aims to introduce kids to science and technology.

“We know that art can have a powerfully positive effect on children, and through our proven signature approach to preschool television, we will actively help young viewers learn how to think creatively in their own lives,” said Santomero.

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