Amazon Prime Instant Video Greenlights Five New Kids Pilots31 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Viewer response will help determine which pilots go into full-season production to stream on Prime Instant Video
Amazon Studios July 31 said it will produce five more original pilots for kids, including the first pilots for ages 6 to 11. Amazon currently has three kids programs in full-series production: “Annebots,” “Creative Galaxy” and “Tumbleaf.”
The new pilots, which include first-ever kids live action, will stream on Amazon Instant Video and LoveFilm Instant in the United Kingdom for customers to watch, provide feedback and help determine which shows should be produced as series.
“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a live-action adventure show created by David Anaxagoras, a first-time writer, discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. The pilot looks at the lives of three quirky tweens who live in a surreal world of eccentric characters and strange happenings.
“Grid Smasher” offers viewers an innovative visual style with a mix of puppetry and CGI and was created by Emmy Award nominee Dan Clark (“Team Smithereen,” “Yo Gabba Gabba!,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”).
“Hard-Boiled Eggheads,” created by Emmy Award winner Duane Capizzi (“Transformers Prime,” “Jackie Chan Adventures,” “Men in Black: The Series,” “Darkwing Duck”) is an animated action-comedy for children ages 6 to 11. The pilot features Miles and Quentin, classified special agents who set out to correct the mistakes of science — monsters made of toxic waste, mutants born of lab accidents and the occasional hostile alien.
“The Jo B. & G. Raff Show” is an animated series created by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Josh Selig (“Sesame Street,” “The Wonder Pets,” “Oobi”). In the pilot, two best friends, Jo B. and G. Raff, are hosts of their very own TV show.
“Wishenpoof!” is written by Angela Santomero, creator of “Blue’s Clues,” “Creative Galaxy” and the Emmy-nominated literacy series “Super Why.” “Wishenpoof!” is an animated series that helps teach the essentials of problem solving, empathy and making good choices.
Santomero’s first pilot, “Creative Galaxy,” is currently in production and is scheduled to be available on Prime Instant Video and LoveFilm Instant in early 2014.
Amazon Studios’ first pilots launched in April with eight comedy pilots and six kids pilots. Of the 14 pilots, “Alpha House,” “Betas,” “Annebots,” “Creative Galaxy” and “Tumbleaf” 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.
“For the first time we are offering live-action and animated programming for older children and continuing with entertaining, educational programming for preschool-aged children — it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement.