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Amazon Greenlights First Five Original Series for Prime Instant Video

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2013 at 3:43PM

So far, Amazon Studios' radical approach to production has made more progress in the television realm than in movies. And so the company has greenlit five original TV series to be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.
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'Alpha House'
'Alpha House'

So far, Amazon Studios' radical approach to production has made more progress in the television realm than in movies. And so the company has greenlit five original TV series to be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.

Deemed most popular by Amazon and LOVEFiLM customers, going into series production are comedy pilots "Alpha House," Garry Trudeau's political story starring John Goodman about four senators-turned-unlikely-roommates, and "Betas," executive producer Michael London's series about four young entrepreneurs attempting to make it big in techland, and kids pilots "Annebots," about a kid scientist and her robots, "Creative Galaxy," Angela C. Santomero,  portrait of alien artist, and animated "Tumbleaf," about a whimsical fox searching for adventure.

Roy Price
Roy Price

“We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It’s exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows—this is just the beginning.”

“We're thrilled to have emerged safely from this harrowing exercise in online democracy,” said "Alpha House" creator Trudeau. “All of us at 'Alpha House' thank both Amazon and its wise and wonderful customer base for such a happy outcome. As the future of episodic TV packs up and moves to Seattle, we hope the audience will continue to have as much fun watching the show as we have making it.”

“After many sleepless nights scrutinizing the number of stars we were getting online, we're excited that both Amazon and the Amazon customers have given us a vote of confidence to move forward with a full season of Betas,” said London, Executive Producer of "Betas." “This is only the beginning for our young social media players and we are excited to push them out in the big world to see if they sink or swim.”

“It’s really rewarding to hear that customers loved 'Creative Galaxy.' It has been a passion project for me to bring the best arts and creativity to kids with Amazon, and I'm so excited that kids are going to be able to enjoy a full season of the show early next year,” said creator Santomero. “We need more innovative kids programming that puts a strong emphasis on creativity and education. I'm proud and honored to be collaborating with Amazon to make these shows for kids.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.