Amazon Studios Confirms Pilots ‘Cosmopolitans’ & ‘Hand Of God’

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 6:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

adam brodyronperlmanAmazon Studios traditionally doesn’t announce its pilots until they’re fully cast and starting production. That is why it this morning confirmed the first two pilots from its third pilot season — half-hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans, from Whit Stillman, and one-hour drama Hand Of God, from executive producers Marc Forster, Ben Watkins, Ron Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King. Both were greenlighted in January. The Cosmopolitans, about young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship, stars Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny.  Hand Of God stars Ron Perlman as a hard-living powerful judge-turned vigilante and co-stars Dana Delany and Garret Dillahunt. Yet to be confirmed are three other Amazon pilots ordered this year, single-camera comedy Red Oaks, executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and executive produced and directed by David Gordon Green,  Shaun Cassidy’s drama Hysteria and Samuel Baum’s dramedy Cocked. Here are detailed descriptions and credits for The Cosmopolitans and Hand Of God: Read More »

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MIPTV: ‘Bosch’s Michael Connelly On Shooting In LA, Feeling At Home At Amazon

mip tv logo 2The team behind Amazon Studios‘ series Bosch was in town on Monday, talking up the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s bestselling books. Connelly was flanked by Titus Welliver who plays the … Read More »

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Amazon Studios Confirms Renewal For ‘Alpha House’, Pickup Of Six New Series

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 7:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

alpha-house-amazon__131108080253Amazon Studios today confirmed a second-season pickup of Garry Trudeau’s Washington, D.C. comedy series Alpha House starring John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy as Republican senators living under one roof. Additionally, the service has officially picked up four of its five primetime pilots as well as two kids pilots to series. That includes Amazon’s first dramas: The After from Chris Carter, marking The X-Files creator’s return to series television, and Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly’s Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Newly picked-up half-hour amazonstudioscomedy series include the Gael Garcia Bernal starrer Mozart In The Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, and Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon’s fifth pilot, comedy The Rebels, from Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, was put on hold. There’s still no final decision on Amazon’s second freshman comedy series Betas. Its renewal for Amazon Prime has looked unlikely, but there have been talks about moving the project to a free streaming service Amazon has been mulling. The new kids series are Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street, Amazon’s first live-action series for older kids, ages 6-11, and preschooler toon Wishenpoof!

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Alpha House is a joy to work on,” said creator Trudeau, who produces the series with Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter. “It’s fun to dance on the leading edge of streaming video, where audiences converge on server farms at all hours, besotted by John Goodman and free two-day shipping.” According to Ray Price, Director of Amazon Studios, the second batch of Amazon pilots were watched by twice as many customers as the first one. Here is more info on the newly picked-up series: Read More »

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Amazon Eyeing Free Streaming Service?

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 5:13pm PDT

Amazon logoAmazon might be in the midst of planning an ad-supported streaming TV and music video service, the Wall Street Journal reported today, citing sources close to the company. Amazon isn’t talking, but if true it would be a … Read More »

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Mena Suvari To Topline Amazon Drama Pilot ‘Hysteria’

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 7:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

suvariEXCLUSIVE: American Pie alumna Mena Suvari is set as the lead in Amazon Studios‘ drama pilot Hysteria, from Invasion creator Shaun Cassidy, Alcon Entertainment and Universal Television. It centers on Dr. Logan Harlow (Suvari), an exceptionally bright, driven, … Read More »

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Julian Morris Cast In Amazon’s ‘Hand Of God’; Jama Williamson In NBC’s ‘Ellen More Or Less’

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 4:14pm PDT

julianmorris2Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars) is set as a series regular in Amazon Studios‘ pilot Hand Of Godwritten by Ben Watkins, directed by Marc Forster and starring Ron Perlman. It centers on the powerful Judge Harris Pernell (Perlman), a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side who has a religious awakening and starts having visions and hearing voices through his ventilator-bound son that could be God speaking to him. Morris, repped by Gersh, Brillstein and Hamilton-Hodell, will play Paul Dobson, an actor-turned-preacher whose affinity for quick money and shortcuts have gotten him in trouble in the past.

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Amazon Orders Dramedy Pilot ‘Cocked’

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 9:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Samuel-Baum-3__121003232127-275x381As Amazon Studios is releasing its current crop of 10 pilots today, the company already is working on the next batch. I’ve learned that Amazon has greenlighted hourlong dramedy pilot Cocked, from Lie To Me creator Samuel Baum. … Read More »

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Amazon Releases 10 New Pilots, Including ‘Bosch’, Chris Carter’s ‘The After’, Jason Schwartzman’s ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ & Jill Soloway’s ‘Transparent’

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 6:53am PST
Nellie Andreeva

amazonstudiosAmazon‘s second batch of pilots — 5 primetime and 5 kids ones — are launching today on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. (you can watch them here) and LOVEFiLM in the UK. All are available for free, with viewers encouraged to give feedback, which will help Amazon brass to determine which pilots will go to series. The crop includes Amazon’s first drama pilots: The After from Chris Carter (The X-Files), and Bosch from Eric Overmyer (The Wire) and Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch). Half-hour comedy pilots include Mozart In The Jungle, from Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks), Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz; Transparent from Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under); and Rebels, from Ice Cube and Michael Strahan. The lineup features such stars as Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, and Jeffrey Tambor. The children’s pilots include pre-school shows, and new this year, shows for kids ages 6-11.

Amazon’s first group of pilots last year resulted in series pickups for Garry Trudeau’s comedy Alpha House, tech comedy Betasand and the soon to premiere kids series Creative Galaxy, Tumble Leaf and Annedroids. And while launching its second wave of pilots today, Amazon already is working on the next batch, recently greenlighting four new pilots, two comedies and three dramas and one comedy.

Here is full list of pilots available for viewing with statements from some of the creators: Read More »

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Amazon Eyes Comedy Pilot From Whit Stillman, Drama From Shaun Cassidy

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 1:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

shauncassidy157157182Amazon Studios continues to firm up its next batch of pilot orders. I hear the company is zeroing in on comedy Cosmopolitan from The Last Days Of Disco filmmaker Whit Read More »

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‘Barbarella’ Series Project Lands At Amazon

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 11:29am PST
Nellie Andreeva

 Barbarella TV Series AmazonEXCLUSIVE: I have learned that Gaumont International Television’s Barbarella has been set up at Amazon Studios, which has taken in the pilot script penned by feature writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Skyfall).Read More »

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Gael García Bernal To Star In Amazon Pilot ‘Mozart In The Jungle’; Will Yun Lee Joins USA’s ‘Novice’

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios continues to attract big names for its pilots. Feature actor Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, Amores Perros, Babel) has been tapped for the streaming service’s comedy pilot Mozart In The Jungle,Read More »

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Amazon Announces Drama Pilots ‘Bosch’ & ‘The After’

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Once again, Amazon Studios waited for its pilots to be fully cast before confirming their green light. Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch book series, and Chris Carter’s The After represent the streaming service’s first-ever drama pilots. The completed pilots will join Amazon’s recently ordered comedy pilots, all of which will be made available on Amazon Instant Video for viewer feedback in early 2014. Here are the official details about Bosch and The After: Read More »

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Amazon Developing Upstairs/Downstairs Period Drama About Rise Of Los Angeles

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 6:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Amazon Studios is nothing if not ambitious in its foray into drama. One of its first two drama pilots, Chris Carter’s The After, is a … Read More »

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Morgan Wandell To Run Drama At Amazon

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 5:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With Amazon Studios expanding into drama, the company has tapped former ABC Studios head of drama Morgan Wandell to head Amazon Studios’ drama development. As SVP Drama at ABC Studios, Wandell developed and shepherded such … Read More »

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Chris Carter’s Amazon Pilot ‘The After’ Nabs Jamie Kennedy, Adrian Pasdar, Aldis Hodge

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 5:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The After, the Amazon Studios pilot, which marks The X Files creator Chris Carter‘s return to series, has started building its cast. … Read More »

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Amazon Studios Orders Another Kids Pilot

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 6:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Amazon Studios has greenlighted a pilot for the original children’s series Maker Shack Agency, produced by Electus. It follows the exploits of 13-year-old inventor Angus Wolfe, aka “Wolfie,” and his two best friends and fellow “makers,” Jo and Merle, in the hardscrabble town of Akron. These three teenage thinkers and tinkerers use all branches of science and personal ingenuity to solve their client’s problems by making a new invention every episode. The production crew from Maker Shack Agency will team with research and development company Applied Minds and their scientists, engineers and programmers to design gadgets that will be featured in the show to inspire a new generation of inventors. Read More »

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Chris Carter’s Drama ‘The After’ Gets Pilot Order At Amazon

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 1:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The X Files creator Chris Carter is close to a TV return with his first pilot in more than a decade. I’ve learned that Amazon Studios has moved forward with a pilot order to The After, Carter’s project with Georgeville TV. Carter wrote and is set to direct the thriller, which takes place at the moment of apocalypse. Georgeville TV, founded by Marc Rosen and Reliance’s Motion Picture Capital, first teamed with Carter for The After last fall when the project was taken to MIPCOM by Sierra/Engine TV. The After joins another Amazon drama pilot, recently ordered Bosch, as the company is looking to launch its first hourlong series. Amazon also has Jill Soloway’s comedy pilot Transparent starring Jefferey Tambor, and football comedy The Outlaws, written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach and executive produced by Ice Cube, also is gearing up for a pilot shoot.

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Amazon Studios Greenlights Five Kids Pilots

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 7:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Amazon Studios is kicking off a new pilot cycle with the order of five original pilots for kids, including the streaming service’s first pilots for older kids, ages 6-11. The new pilots come from a mix of established creators as well as a newcomer discovered though Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. Like the first batch of kids pilots, all for the preschool set, the pilots will stream on Amazon Instant Video and LoveFilm in the UK. for customers to watch, provide feedback, and help determine which shows should be produced as series. In its first-ever pilot orders in April, Amazon greenlighted 6 kids and 8 comedy pilots, five of which — 3 kids and 2 comedy — went to series to stream later this year and in early 2014. Amazon had been looking to do more comedies and expand into drama. Here are descriptions of Amazon’s newly picked up kids pilots: Read More »

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Amazon Reports Q2 Loss As Outlays For Entertainment Grow

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 2:44pm PDT

The e-retail giant made a lot of great-sounding entertainment deals over the last few months including agreements to stream shows from Viacom, NBCUniversal, and PBS — and to greenlight original shows that it will begin to offer later this year. Read More »

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