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Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green’s Comedy “Red Oaks” Coming to Amazon Studios’ Third Pilot Season

Amazon Studios today announced it has added the Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra) produced and David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) directed comedy Red Oaks to its third pilot season, which will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video.Red Oaks is the final show to join Amazon’s highly-anticipated third pilot season which includes The Cosmopolitans, Hand of God, Hysteria, and Really. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Written by Gregory Jacobs (The Knick)and Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves), Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine)as “David,” an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey. Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Luck), Jennifer Grey (It’s Like, You Know)and Oliver Cooper (Californication)also star in the pilot.

Red Oaks is set in 1985, and features college student David Myers who is both reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. Myers gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey and while there, he meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members including an alluring art student named “Skye” (played by guest star Alexandra Socha) and her corporate raider father “Getty” (played by Reiser). A coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” 80s that is equal parts hijinks and heartfelt, Red Oaks is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end—and the future begins. Red Oaks also stars Grey as “Judy Myers,” Kind as “Sam Myers,” Cooper as “Steve,” Gage Golightly as “Karen,” and Ennis Esmer as “Nash.” Guest stars include Josh Meyers and Freddie Roman. Soderbergh, Green, Jacobs, and Gangemi are Executive Producers.

Have a great idea for a comedy series? Learn more about what we’re looking for in a comedy series or submit your project.

What You Need to Know Before Submitting Your Comedy Series Project

Get your primetime comedy series made. Amazon Studios is developing new original series for Amazon Prime Instant Video. If we choose to develop your series, you will get $10,000, plus another $55,000 if your show gets produced (along with potential writing fees, royalties and bonuses).

Before you submit, take a closer look at what we’re looking for.

Overview: We are seeking smart, cinematic, serialized series for adults. They can be dark comedies, genre comedies, dramedies or smart sophisticated comedies as long as the concepts and characters are original. Think high budget, premium shows that that you might see on pay cable.

Format: Series with half-hour episodes. Live-action single cam is preferred, but we are open to animation or multi-cam (although we’d want a fresh take on the format).

We like ideas in specific worlds. We’re open to anything, but all of our shows need to be grounded in specific, well-defined worlds. These should be worlds that audiences haven’t seen before, that they’ll want to see on TV and, most importantly, tell their friends to watch. So a bunch of underemployed twenty-somethings in an overly nice apartment is most likely not specific enough and therefore not right for us. For examples of worlds, note that Alpha House is set in the world of politics, Mozart in the Jungle in classical music and Transparent is set in the worlds of family and sexuality.

The most important thing is that the audience should feel like they’re watching something they can’t see anywhere else and that the writing is funny, smart and compelling.

What are some examples? Watch the pilot episodes for free from our current slate of comedy series: Alpha House, Mozart in the Jungle, and Transparent.

What don’t you want? No reality shows, game shows or sketch comedies.

You can learn more about the details of the Amazon Studios series submission process here or start a new project.

Amazon Studios Original Comedy Series “Alpha House” Will Return for a Second Season

The beloved Senators-turned-roomies will once again be shaking hands, kissing babies and bunking up. Amazon Studios today announced that the critically-acclaimed and customer-favorite Garry Trudeau political series Alpha House will return for a second season.

John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy will reprise their roles as Republican Senators living under one roof in Washington, D.C. Since its launch, Alpha House has become the most popular TV series on Amazon Instant Video and has collected over 6,000 5-star reviews. Production on season two is scheduled to begin this Summer.

Watch the first season of Alpha House now.

Amazon Studios Greenlights Three Original Comedy Pilots for Prime Instant Video

Building on a successful first round of comedy pilots last April, Amazon today announced it has given the green light for the production of three new half-hour pilots.  

 New pilots include Mozart in the Jungle written by Academy Award-nominee Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited),  Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), The Outlaws written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach and Transparent written and directed by Emmy Award-nominee Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under). Customers will be invited to watch, provide feedback and help determine which pilots should be produced as series to air exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLM in the UK in early 2014.

 “We are thrilled to be working on these pilots with such talented creators with passionate visions for new shows,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “We are excited to hear what customers think of the shows.” 

Mozart in the Jungle

Mozart in the Jungle was written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited), actor and musician Jason Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher). The project is based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall. Mozart in the Jungle is all about sex, drugs—and classical music—and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.

“Many shows are in a single world; Mozart in the Jungle is an unusual show in that there are two worlds fused together. On one side is the high-level skill and sophistication that comes with classical music, and at the same time it’s a story that includes people rising up from the bottom, trying to make it in the big world. I love the sense of contrast, the high and the low, the refined and the more base—I hope audiences will love it too,” said Roman Coppola, co-creator of Mozart in the Jungle. “Amazon has been incredibly supportive and they have given us their blessing to make this show. We are very much in harmony and we feel lucky to be working with a partner that is so in sync with us and what we want to do.”

The Outlaws

Written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach,The Outlaws is all about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office. The Outlaws creative team also includes Matt Alvarez and Michael Strahan, former football player for the New York Giants and host of Live with Kelly and Michael.

 “Jon Weinbach and I could not be more excited about The Outlaws. We have an amazing director, and it’s been great transforming this story into a pilot with the help of Amazon,” said The Outlaws creator Jeremy Garelick. “We have found Amazon’s support for original and edgy content to be second to none; the opportunity to blend crushing comedy and hits is endless. We want to make The Outlaws the show that everyone will love— not just football fans.”

Transparent

Written and directed by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway (Afternoon DelightSix Feet Under and United States of Tara), Transparent is a darkly comedic story about an LA family with serious boundary issues. In this exploration of sex, memory, gender and legacy, the past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass star in the pilot.   

“With my astonishingly talented cast and crew we created an incredible pilot,” said Transparent creator Jill Soloway. “I hope we’ll be making a full season very soon. I am so grateful to Amazon for their trust and for allowing this story to unfold onscreen in such a human, organic way. They have provided me with one of the most creative experiences of my career.”

Learn more about submitting your script via the Amazon Studios open door process