Amazon Studios is getting into the original content game and will let viewers decide which pilots are keepers.
Amazon Studios has announced plans to produce pilots for six original comedy series. They will be created by a mix of Emmy-winning writers, Academy Award nominees, TV stars, and newcomers discovered through the company’s open-door development process.
The series include Browsers - a musical comedy written by 12-time Emmy-winning writer David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), Dark Minions – an animated workplace series written by The Big Bang Theory co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie, and The Onion Presents: The News – a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network.
The six pilots will be posted on Amazon Instant Video for customers to watch for free and viewer response will help determine which series go into full-season production. Completed seasons will be exclusively available to Prime members through Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM in the UK for free. Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said:
Since launching our original series development effort, we have received more than 2,000 series ideas from creators around the world with all different backgrounds, and we are extremely excited to begin production on our very first set of pilots. The six comedy pilots will begin production shortly, and once they are complete, we plan to post the pilots on Amazon Instant Video for feedback. We want Amazon customers to help us decide which original series we should produce.