What You Need to Know Before Submitting Your Children’s Series to Amazon Studios

Do you think you have what it takes to be part of Amazon’s new slate of children’s series? Amazon Studios has an open door policy for kids series and invites you to submit your project. Creators of series added to the Development Slate will get $10,000, plus another $55,000 if their show is produced into a series (with the potential for other royalties and bonuses).

Before you submit, here are the kinds of children’s submissions Amazon Studios is looking for:

Overview

Amazon Studios is looking for projects with unique yet grounded characters that drive stories in both unusual worlds/environments or offers a fresh perspective on the real world. We love distinct and varied visual design.

Format

Series can be animated of any type or live action. We are looking for 11-minute episodes for preschool and 6 to 11 comedies, and 22 minute episodes for serialized adventures or live action shows. A children’s series proposal must include a mini-bible that describes the series in general, and its main characters. It should tell where the series is going and include 5 or 6 episode ideas.

Preschool Shows

Our Preschool (3-5) and Traditional Preschool (4-7) shows should offer educational threads which inspire lifelong learning, creativity, and playfulness with character driven stories. Check out Amazon Studios pilots, Tumbleaf and Creative Galaxy, for reference.

Kids (6-11) Shows

Our Kids (6-11) shows can range from stand-alone comedies to serialized action adventure. We love concepts which will appeal to kids and aren’t too sarcastic or catered towards tweens. We love innovative storytelling. Check out Amazon Studios pilots, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Annebots.

Learn more about the Amazon Studios submission process or start a project now.

Filmmakers, Submit Your Video Projects

Amazon Studios’ open door isn’t just for screenwriters. Filmmakers are invited to submit 2-15 min. length videos that offer a compelling concept for a theatrical feature film.

You can submit your project publicly or privately. There is a 45-day option and evaluation period. Creators of projects added to the Development Slate receive a $10,000 payment.

Learn more or start a new project here.

A Coming-of-Age Story Generations in the Making: An Amazon Studios Writer Q&A

Growing up in Mexico, Jesus “Jesse” Celaya often listened to childhood stories shared by his father and grandfather. One particular account by his father ultimately inspired Celaya to write Chico Grande, a moving coming-of-age story recently optioned by Amazon Studios.

Chico Grande is about a young boy in 1960’s Mexico struggling with his own identity while obsessing over the original black and white serial of The Lone Ranger.

We asked Celaya about his inspirations for the script and setting.

What inspired you to create this movie? 

Chico Grande is an amalgamation of a three different childhoods: my Grandfather’s, my Father’s and my own. Growing up in Mexico, I used to listen to the old-timers tell stories about when they were young. A few of them stuck out and have become the story we now share. My Father was the one that told me about his obsession with The Lone Ranger as a child, and how he used to wear the outfit, refusing to ever take it off. For some reason that strange image always stuck in my head, a little boy stubbornly wearing that costume in poor Old Mexico of all places. It spoke to me of identity. 

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