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16 November 2010

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TV shows, Movies, Comics


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Amazon Studios is a division of, that focuses on developing television shows, distributing and producing films, and comics from online submissions and crowd-sourced feedback. It was started in late 2010. Content is distributed through Amazon Video, Amazon’s digital video streaming service, and is a competitor to services like Netflix and Hulu.


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Film and television

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

Amazon has 45 days to choose a submitted script. If a project is chosen for development, the writer receives $10,000. 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."

In 2008, Amazon expanded into film production, producing the film The Stolen Child with 20th Century Fox. In July 2015, Amazon announced it had acquired Spike Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, as its first Amazon Original Movie.

Amazon Studios had received more than 10,000 feature screenplay submissions as of September 2012, and 2,700 television pilots as of March 2013. 23 films and 26 television series were in active development as of March 2013. In late 2016, it reorganised its film division into Prime Movies.


In 2015, Transparent was the first show produced by Amazon Studios to win a major award and the first show produced by a streaming media service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series. In 2017, Amazon Studios became the first streaming media service to have an Oscar Best Picture nomination, earning it for Manchester by the Sea.


Amazon Studio's first and only comic book series was Blackburn Burrow released in 2012 as a free download. It contained a survey allowing Amazon to collect feedback to determine if it was worthwhile to make the comic into a film.


  • Alpha House
  • Annedroids
  • Betas
  • Creative Galaxy
  • Tumble Leaf
  • Not picked up

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

  • Bosch
  • Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Transparent
  • Wishenpoof!
  • Not picked up

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

  • Hand of God
  • Red Oaks
  • Not picked up

  • The Cosmopolitans
  • Hysteria
  • Really
  • Greenlit

  • Just Add Magic
  • Mad Dogs
  • Niko and the Sword of Light
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • The New Yorker Presents
  • The Stinky & Dirty Show
  • Not picked up

  • Buddy: Tech Detective
  • Cocked
  • Down Dog
  • Point of Honor
  • Salem Rogers
  • Table 58
  • Greenlit

  • The Kicks
  • Lost in Oz
  • Not picked up

  • The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop
  • Bear in Underwear
  • A History of Radness
  • Lily the Unicorn
  • Greenlit

  • Sneaky Pete
  • More scripts ordered

  • Casanova
  • Greenlit

  • Danger & Eggs
  • Everstar
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Good Girls Revolt
  • Highston
  • One Mississippi
  • Patriot
  • Z: The Beginning of Everything
  • Not picked up

  • Eddie of the Realms Eternal
  • Edge
  • The Numberlys
  • Yoyotoki HappyEars!
  • Greenlit

  • Little Big Awesome
  • The Last Tycoon
  • Not picked up

  • JazzDuck
  • Morris & the Cow
  • Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
  • The Curious Kitty & Friends
  • The Interestings
  • Toasty Tales
  • Greenlit

  • Jean-Claude Van Johnson
  • I Love Dick
  • The Tick
  • References

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